Howard Pyle’s Book of The American Spirit: The Romance of American History, Compiled by Merle Johnson: With Narrative Descriptive Text from original Sources Edited by Francis J. Dowd. - Howard Pyle, Merle Johnson, Francis J.Dowd 1923 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York - First Edition ‘Pyle furnishes a window into our American past as given by no word historian: wholesome, homely, and full of interest.’

A large and magnificent quarto, illustrated with over two hundred sketches, many full page, and twenty two colour plates by Howard Pyle. Chronicling the main events of American history with charm and eloquence.

As Merle Johnson states in the foreword, ‘the title of this volume was not chosen idly – it was chosen because Howard Pyle pictures
do breathe an American Spirit.’
  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. Pyle’s influence continued to spread throughout his lifetime, as he became known for his ‘stage-like’ designs and illustrations, and through training and instructing other highly influential artists such as N.C. Wyeth, Elenore Abbott, and Gertrude Kay. He died in 1911.

Quarto (31.5 x 23 cm.) pp. [2] viii [5] 346 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth over beige boards, front board lettered in black, spine lettered in blind, top edge of text block tinted yellow. First edition with Harper code L-X to copyright page (indicating December 1923).
  Condition: Very good, spine slightly faded, edges of front and rear boards rubbed, toning to and wear to upper edge of front panel, and toning to endpapers.   Ref: 108689   Price: HK$ 1,200