Masterworks of Adventure: Pirates

Swashbuckling action from the Barbary Coast to the Spanish Main! 7 classic tales by bestselling authors that have enthralled readers for generations!

 If you're a fan of old-school adventure filled with enormous treasures, epic battles, vengeance, romance and tons of swashbuckling action, reading this collection is a great way to spend several Sunday afternoons. These are not the free versions you can find online: all original maps and drawings have been included with each work, and the language has been edited for the modern reader.

Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island A voyage for buried treasure spells trouble for cabin boy Jim Hawkins, who finds himself in the middle of a mutiny with some of the nastiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas. The pirate adventure that defined the genre and considered by many to be the most popular pirate story ever written in English!


The Black Corsair
Emilio Salgari's The Black Corsair An Italian nobleman turns pirate to avenge the murder of his brothers. His foe: an old Flemish army officer named Van Guld, now the Governor of Maracaibo. The Corsair is relentless, vowing never to rest until he has killed the traitor and all those that bear his name. To help him in his quest, the Black Corsair enlists the greatest pirates of his time: L'Ollonais, Michael the Basque, and a young Welshman named Henry Morgan...One of the world's first pirate classics!


The Sea-Hawk
Rafael Sabatini's The Sea-Hawk Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman who helped the English defeat the Spanish Armada, is betrayed by his ruthless half-brother Lionel and seeks refuge in the Middle East, where he becomes Sakr el-Bahr, the Sea Hawk, the greatest of all Barbary pirates. If you loved the Errol Flynn movie, you'll be happy to discover that the book is even better!


Captain Blood
Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood England, 1680. Peter Blood, an Irish physician and soldier, is wrongly convicted of treason and sentenced to indentured slavery in the Caribbean. He escapes and becomes the most feared pirate captain on the Spanish Main, but all the glory of his adventures cannot help him, for the woman he loves cannot love a thief and pirate. How will Blood redeem himself in her eyes? Fate, it seems, will lend a hand…!


Black Bartlemy's Treasure
effrey Farnol's Black Bartlemy's Treasure and Martin Conisby's Vengeance A two-part epic tale of treasure, love and vengeance. Martin Conisby, enslaved for five years on a Spanish galleon, escapes during a battle and makes his way back to England, determined to avenge himself on Richard Brandon, the man who caused his father's death and orchestrated his imprisonment.


Martin Conisby's Vengeance
In a tavern he meets Adam Penfeather and learns of Black Bartlemy, an infamous pirate who had amassed a fabulous treasure - a treasure hidden on an island in the Spanish Main. For Martin it's the means to vengeance. But the journey won't be an easy one... The Count of Monte Cristo, Robinson Crusoe, and Treasure Island all in one!


Black Vulmea's Vengeance
Robert E. Howard's Black Vulmea's Vengeance, a short pirate tale written for the pulps, brimming with all the action you'd expect from the creator of Conan the Barbarian.

What people are saying

Treasure Island: "I re-read Treasure Island most years and it still holds my attention. I still find fresh delights in its pages. For me, it's a book that has everything. Stevenson was a master of so many different styles of writing. But for me, Treasure Island remains his masterpiece, and masterclass." ~ Val McDermid, The Independent

The Black Corsair: "A perfect example of escapist pleasure for both children and adults. A true page-turner, Salgari's tale of exotica is a welcome diversion." - Kirkus Indie Reviews

The Sea-Hawk: "Deliciously over the top." Nancy,

Black Bartlemy's Treasure and Martin Conisby's Vengeance: "There have been few tales of pirates and adventure by sea and land to equal these two novels for thrills and excitement." ~ from Jeffrey Farnol, Master of Romantic Fiction, Little Brown

Captain Blood: "Still the most rousing of all pirate novels.~ Michael Dirda, The New York Review of Books

Black Vulmea's Vengeance: "A very atmospheric piece, with steadily building suspense. Next to Conan himself, Vulmea is my favourite Robert E. Howard character." ~ Jeffrey Blair Latta, Pulp and Dagger Webzine


There is a 50-minute documentary on Emilio Salgari on our documentary page. In Italian with English subtitles.


Several animated series were based on Salgari's most popular pirate novels.

Film and TV

Watch the films and TV series based on Salgari's most popular work..