I'm needing a book that was about pirates or piracy, preferably fictional (but could be factual), that was published by/before the year of 1850. The most classic example of pirate lit, Treasure Island, was not out quite this early, so it won't do.
Making this even more challenging, I'd prefer a piece of lit that glamorizes the life instead of making it sound extremely grim and unappealing. I have found a few pieces of writing that were non-fictional accounts of roaming with pirates or meeting up with them that were rather negative.
So far, this has proved the most helpful: Reefs, Wrecks and Rascals: The Pirate Legacy of the Spanish Main. The problem is that the synopsis provided are sort of vague, and the books fairly obscure.
Not sure if this matters, but the character who would read this would be American, born and bred. So the text should have been translated or written in English.
Any suggestions or titles to pass along that may fit this double bill? Thanks!