Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates. Fiction, Fact & Fancy concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main: From the writing & Pictures of Howard Pyle: Compiled by Merle Johnson. - Howard Pyle 1930 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London - Early Edition ‘...Howard Pyle’s pictures do breathe an American Spirit. Beyond the technical excellence which has caused artists to treasure proofs of these pictures, beyond the unquestioned accuracy of costume and setting, is the spiritual, personal something that makes pictures live.’

A lovely large format edition of these highly readable, magnificently illustrated tales recount the rip-roaring adventures of swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main. Includes ‘The Ghost of Captain Brand, Tom Chist and the Treasure Box, Jack Ballister’s Fortunes, The Ruby of Kishmoor’ and other tales. Enhanced by the author’s own incomparable illustrations, including ten full-colour plates, four black and white full page plates, and line drawings throughout. This immensely popular work became a seminal reference for those interested in maritime studies due to the meticulous research Pyle undertook while writing and illustrating the title.
  Howard Pyle (1853-1911) was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1853. Having studied painting at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, he was one of the most influential illustrators of his time, known for his imagination and detail. He also taught painting and wrote many stories for young people, illustrating his own works. He died in 1911.

Provenance: Frederic Ray, with his name dated ‘Christmas 1930’.

Quarto (32 x 23 cm). pp. [2] 247 [5]. In publisher’s black cloth over beige boards, front board titled in black with stamped illustration, spine lettered in gilt, top edge of text block tinted yellow, with pictorial front endpapers. Publisher’s catalogue slipped between front endpapers.

First published in 1921, this is a slightly later reprint of the large quarto edition with copyright page showing Harper’s code K-E (indicating November 1930).
  Condition: Fine in good only dust jacket, chipped and with old tape residue to verso.   Ref: 108688   Price: HK$ 1,800