Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

PYLE, Howard (illustrator). Merle JOHNSON (compiler). Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates.

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Pack your parrot, procure a pegleg and you're practically a privateer with Pyle's Book of Pirates

PYLE, Howard (illustrator). Merle JOHNSON (compiler). Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1921.

Folio. Original black cloth-backed buff boards lettered in black with a large onlaid pictorial label to upper cover, pictorial endpapers; pp. [xviii] + 246 + [i]; with 12 full-page coloured plates (including frontis) and 2 smaller tipped-in coloured images, together with 14 full-page black-and-white plates and 1 smaller tipped-in monochrome image; drawings throughout in line decorating the text; spine cloth a little rubbed at head and tail, a little rubbing to corners otherwise a very good copy in the scarce pictorial dust wrapper. The wrapper has a little chipping to head of spine otherwise is near-fine.
First edition, first issue with the copyright code "D-V". Rarely found with the dust wrapper.
Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author. He is well known for his illustrations of pirates, and is credited with creating what has become the modern stereotype of pirate dress. Pyle developed his own ideas for illustrating pirate dress, as few examples existed of authentic pirate outfits and few, if any, drawings had been preserved. He created a flamboyant style incorporating elements of Gypsy dress. His work influenced the design of costumes for movie pirates from Errol Flynn to Johnny Depp. It has been noted as highly impractical for working sailors.