Piracies Ltd

BOK [pseudonym]. Piracies Ltd.

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BOK [pseudonym]. Piracies Ltd. London, Herbert Jenkins, [1938].

8vo. Original yellow cloth, lettered in black, dust-wrappers, not price-reduced; pp. 282, [2, advertisements], plates after photographs; wrapper slightly rubbed at edges, final advertisement leaf with short repaired marginal tear, a very good copy, in the rarely seen wrappers; bookplate.
First edition of a book on an interesting subject, published under a pseudonym. The author had deep insight into life and work of the pirates operating on the Canton Delta, Hongkong, and Macao, which the Portuguese tried to keep relatively free of pirates. The author remains unknown, despite the resources and efforts of SOAS and historians of the area and subject, who refer to this title. We assume that the author is Aleko E. Lilius, author of the 1936 book Corsairs of the China Seas, which shows similarities in setting and style. Aleko E. Lilius was born in Finland (of Russian-Swedish origin) and became a restless trader, journalist, photographer and adventurer.

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