HOWARD PYLE'S BOOK OF PIRATES; Fiction, Fact and Fancy concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main, compiled by Merle Johnson
Price: 650.00 USD
(New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1921), This is an especially bright and clean copy of this wonderful book, one of Pyle's best and most popular works. "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). First edition. Profusely illustrated by Howard Pyle. Folio, quarter black cloth and beige boards, gilt-lettered spine and pictorial paste-down on the upper cover. xviii, 247. An especially nice copy bright, clean and fine all over, inside and out, a beautiful copy.