The Lively Lady – A Chronicle of Certain Men of Arundel in Maine, of Privateering During the War of Impressments, and of the Circular Prison of Dartmoor - Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator) 1931 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition in First State Dust Jacket A bright copy in the scarce dust jacket – illustrated and designed by N.C. Wyeth – of Kenneth Robert’s historical account of the saga of the Arundel, and the intrepidity of the American privateers.

The setting is March 1812 to April 1815. Merchant captain Richard Nason is trading with the British, carrying supplies to the British Army in Spain, and is generally opposed to the war, when he is pressed aboard a British Royal Navy sloop. His attitude changes and (after escaping) he takes a privateer to sea in July 1812 after war is formally declared. Nason falls in love with the young wife of an older English landowner, Sir Arthur Ransome, first meeting her before the war, then again aboard a ship he captures.
After various adventures he is captured and imprisoned at Dartmoor along with his crew...
  Born in Needham, Massachusetts in 1882, N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth was one of the most successful illustrators of his time, and the pre-eminent example of the results of Howard Pyle’s illustrative techniques. During his career, Wyeth painted nearly 4,000 illustrations for books and magazines, many of them embracing the American Western theme, and filled with cowboys, Indians, gun fighters and gold miners. He also illustrated many popular children’s stories, including Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island, establishing visual images of characters that remained in young readers’ minds for generations.

Tragically, Wyeth was killed in a car accident at a railroad crossing in 1945. Significant public collections of his work are on display at the Brandywine River Musem, in Chadds Ford, Delaware, Pennsylvania.

National Museum of American Illustration, web.

pp. [8] 376 [1] [1 Publisher’s ads]. Publisher’s black cloth with green illustration and lettering to cover and spine, endpapers illustrated with green map to front and representation of Dartmoor prison to rear. Fist state dust jacket priced $2.50 to upper corner of front flap, and with front panel subtitled ‘A chronicle of certain men of ARUNDEL’ (second state shows ‘A CHRONICLE OF ARUNDEL’).
  Condition: Fine, in a near fine unclipped dust jacket, minor rubbing and wear to edges, hint of soiling to panels.   Ref: 107118   Price: HK$ 3,600