Author: Richard Hughes
Publisher: London, August 1929
First appearance in print, in Vol. III, No. 15 of the periodical Life And Letters, ed. Desmond MacCarthy.
8vo. In the original part wrappers, the pattern printed in red and text in black, pp. 81-242, advertisement endpapers. Extemities a little bumped and rubbed, spine a little faded, a very good copy.
A single issue dedicated (with editorial) to this tale of the Caribbean high seas: a family of English children is sent by their parents from their home in Jamaica to receive the civilising effects of England. When their ship is captured by pirates, the thrilling cruise continues as the children transfer their affections from one batch of sailors to another. Innocence is their protection, but as life in the care of pirates reveals its dangers, the events which unfold begin to take on a savagely detached quality.
Basis for the 1965 motion picture starring Anthony Quinn and James Coburn.