|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Piracy, Pirates and Privateers
There's not much direct connection between pirates and the underwater scene - except for buried treasure in sunken ships, and that they have caused shipwrecks. Be that as it may - I enjoy pirate stories.
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MEMOIRS OF A BUCCANEER
The Adventures and Amours of Louis Le Golif.
George Allen & Unwin Ltd. London. 1954.
Translated from the French Cahiers du Louis Ademar Timothee Le Golif, published in Paris by Bernard Grasset, 1952. Edited by G. Alaux and A. t'Scrstevens and translated by Malcolm Barnes.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 236 pages.
From the fly: In his introduction to this extraordinary career of M.t'Serstevens, a noted French novelist, it was then that the manuscript was discovered in the ruins of St. Malo after the olde side o)f the city had been destroyed during the the Allied landings of 1944. According to the editors, three bulky handwritten volumes, partly damaged by fire and exposure, were found with other papers in a half-bumt chest. It took the finders much trouble to piece the work together, but when the ornate writing and strange orthography had been deciphered, it proved to be no less than the memoirs of a 17th century French buccaneer, who sailed for " the American islands" as a young man and returned to St. Malo many years later, enriched by the booty he had taken from the Spaniards. His name was Louis-Adhemar Timothee le Golif, and he was known as ‘ Borgnefesse' because he had lost the flesh of one buttock in a fight. His narrative was encumbered by a great deal of matter of little interest to modem readers. This the editors excised and what remains is a fascinating, exciting and often hilarious tale of private life-of voyagin among the tropical islands, of fights at sea and raids upon the towns of New Spain, of plundering, seduction, duelling, rapine, feasting and drinking - a tale that will hold the reader enthralled from the first word to the last. Nothing like this picturesque document has ever before come to light. Borgnefesse, its author, with all his boasting and bluster, and his amorous dealings with the Spanish ladies, is a magnificent and lovable character, whom no reader will ever forget. [ps]
HISTORY OF PIRACY
Tudor Publishing Company, New York, 1932.
Hardcover, dustjacket, uncut edges, 349 pages, a few mono plates, index (very comprehensive), and excellent bibliography.
From the fly: "Dr. Gosse's history is the last word in scholarship on the subject of piracy, combined with a dramatic narrative and a most exciting collection of human beings. Covering a period from the
earliest classical times to the present day, the volume treats the historical aspect of the subject exhaustively, but through-out, strung along on the narrative, are amusing or dramatic incidents and odd characters, very human, eccentric and often quite lovable.
Dr. Gosse is the son of the late Sir Edmund Gosse, the eminent critic and man of letters who died two years ago. He is known as the foremost collector in Great Britain of Pirate literature, and the material employed in this volume includes not only all of the standard contemporary works about pirates but a good many unique documents, pamphlets, letters, memoranda, official edicts, etc. from Dr. Gosse's own collection."
So you could get the impression that this is more than a screen script for Hollywood's next Pirates of the Carrabbean, thank God! This is a very important work, in four parts, covering The Barbary Coast; The Pirates of the North: The Pirates of the West; The Pirates of the East. [ps]
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