First edition, an early printing coded "I-W". Wonderfully illustrated by Howard Pyle with a colour frontispiece, and 11 other fine full-page colour plates, 24 black and white full-page plates and a profusion of textual illustrations. Folio, publisher’s original quarter black cloth over beige boards, with a colour pictorial paste-down on the upper cover and lettering in black, the gilt lettered, in the scarce dustjacket with colour pastedown after a Pyle painting. xviii, 247 pp. A handsome and smart copy of this impressive book, lightly mellowed, bright and well preserved, with a bit of edge wear to the scarce jacket which remains quite handsome, protecting the book just as when first issued. SCARCE IN DUSTJACKET AND A FINE WORK, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED. One of Pyle's best and most popular books, and an uncommon find in the dustjacket. "Why is it that the pirate has, and always has had, a certain lurid glamour of the heroical enveloping him round about? Is there, deep under the accumulated debris of culture, a hidden groundwork of the old-time savage? Is there even in these well-regulated times an unsubdued nature in the respectable mental household of every one of us that still kicks against the pricks of law and order? To make my meaning more clear, would not every boy, for instance--that is, every boy of any account--rather be a pirate captain than a Member of Parliament?" - from the Introduction. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: HOWARD PYLE'S BOOK OF PIRATES; Fiction, Fact...
Publisher: New York Harper & Brothers Publishers 1921 (1922)
Book Description N.Y. Harper & Brothers., 1921. (rep) Folio. Or.qt.cl. & bds with paste-on colour plate of a pirate. xix,247pp. col & b/w plates and ills. Very good copy. 1st ed. Bookseller Inventory # 173348