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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

PYLE, Howard, illustrator | JOHNSON, Merle |

Published by New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1921. (1921)

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Item Description: New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1921., 1921. Edition De Luxe on Vellum Stock - One of 50 CopiesWith a Fine Watercolor by Merle JohnsonPYLE, Howard. JOHNSON, Merle, compiler. 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. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Large Paper Edition de Luxe on Vellum Stock. Limited to fifty copies signed by Merle Johnson (of which this is number 22). Folio (12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches; 317 x 235 mm.). [4], xviii, 246, [1], [5, blank] pp. 12 full-page tipped in color plates and 2 small tipped-in color plates (pp. 232 & 239), 24 tipped-in monotone plates and 1 small tipped-in monotone plate (p. 3), 24 black & white text illustrations and 8 decorative initials. Publishers quarter cream buckram over gray boards. Front cover decoratively lettered in dark gray and color plate "Captain Keitt" (facing p. 212) pasted on within dark gray border. Spine decoratively lettered in gilt. Pictorial front free-endpaper, partially uncut. With the engraved bookplate of Frederick W. Skiff on front paste-down. On the first blank leaf is a fine pen and watercolor drawing by Merle Johnson of an 'angry' Pirate in a red motor car with a 'plank' on the front and a terrified blind folded figure 'walking the plank'. The ink inscription at the top right reads "Inscribed for / Frederick W. Stiff. / March 1 - 1923 / Merle Johnson". (the background watercolor continues across to the verso of the front endpaper). An exceptionally fine copy in the original glassine wrapper and the original light brown cardboard box with printed label and matching limitation number pasted onto top (corners of box neatly repaired). Probably the finest copy extant."Pirates, Buccaneers, Marooners, those cruel but picturesque sea wolves who once infested the Spanish Main, all live in present-day conceptions in great degree as drawn by the pen and pencil of Howard Pyle. Pyle, artist-author, living in the latter half of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth, had the fine faculty of transposing himself into any chosen period of history and making its people flesh and blood again --- not just historical puppets. His characters were sketched with both words and picture; with both words and picture he ranks as a master, with a rich personality which makes his work individual and attractive in either medium Important and interesting to the student of history, the adventure-lover, and the artist, as they are, these Pirate stories and pictures have been scattered through many magazines and books. Here, in this volume, they are gathered together for the first time, perhaps not just as Mr. Pyle would have done, but with a completeness and appreciation of the real value of the material which the author's modesty might not have permitted." (Merle Johnson, Foreword).Frederick W. Skiff (1867-1947), of Portland, Oregon, was a notable bibliophile and prolific collector of Americana. He also authored several books. His collection was sold in 1947 by the San Francisco auction house, Butterfield & Butterfield.BAL, 16416. I. Bookseller Inventory # 02929

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Limited Edition. 1921. The deluxe limited edition, one of only 50 numbered copies of which thirty were for sale, signed by Merle Johnson beneath the limitation statement. Large quarto on Japan paper. Color mounted frontispiece, thirty-six mounted plates, thirteen of which are in color, three mounted illustrations, of which two are in color, and numerous b/w text vignettes. Original half cream rib-grained cloth, gilt, over grey paper-covered boards. Front cover lettered in black with a color pictorial onlay. The cover onlay is very slightly scratched, and there is some very light offsetting from plates, else a beautiful, bright copy. Laid in is a printed excerpt from a Katherine Pyle letter to the publisher: "I have not had such delight and pleasure in a book since, in the days long past, my husband used to put in my hand a book of his entire making. In writing to Mr. Johnson, I have expressed to him my greatest pleasure in this fulfillment of a long-cherished wish of my husband that his Pirate stories should be collected in a book. This book far exceeds, I am sure, his highest hopes and I thank you for it in his name, as well as in mine." A splendid copy of a rare edition. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2971

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact & Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main.

PYLE, Howard.

Published by Harper and Brothers (1921)

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Item Description: Harper and Brothers, 1921. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. Pyle,Howard (illustrator). First. Inscribed and signed by Merle Johnson, along with a full-page original humorous color drawing by him. From the writing and pictures of Howard Pyle. Compiled by Merle Johnson. Color frontispiece, and 11 other color plates; 24 b/w plates, along with numerous in-text drawings. 247pp. Thick tall 4to, handsomely rebound in leather-backed marbled boards; gilt-ruled and lettered spine with red leather label and raised bands, t.e.g. (foxing throughout, heavy on pages facing the plates). N.Y. and London: Harper & Brothers, (1921 D-V: April, 1921). First edition. A very good copy in a fine binding. Bookseller Inventory # 168097

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1921. hardcover. Book Condition: very good(+). Compiled by Merle Johnson. Illustrated with 13 plates, including 9 in color; black and white in- text drawings and vignettes throughout (light scattered foxing and toning; one extra b/w plate mounted at top of first chapter). xviii, 209pp. Square 8vo, handsomely rebound in green morocco-backed marbled boards; gilt-ruled and lettered spine with raised bands, t.e.g. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Later printing (E-A: May 1926). A very good(+) copy in a fine binding. Bookseller Inventory # 165101

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact & Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main

Pyle, Howard; Johnson, Merle (compiler)

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1921)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1921. Full Leather. Book Condition: Good +. No Jacket. Pyle, Howard (illustrator); 12 Color & 24 b/w Illustrations (including plates) (illustrator). First Edition. Small chip to head of spine (about 1"); slight wear to spine edges (chiefly at foot of spine); slight rubbing to extremities; previous owner's bookplate on front attached endpaper and another previous owner's red pencil signature at head of front free endpaper; slight internal browning (chiefly to edges). xvii, 246 pages + plates. Fine-bound issue of the 8 swashbuckling adventure compilation of short stories, with editor Johnson's foreword and the author/illustrator's preface; notable for the 12 color reproductions (chiefly from Harper's magazine; including frontispiece). With publisher's code "K-V" (i.e. October, 1921) on title page verso. Bound in full dark maroon morocco, gilt-stamped and decorated spine and upper cover, plain endpapers (1 b/w illustration on front free endpaper), t.e.g., foredges trimmed, lower edges untrimmed. Still a nice, tight copy internally. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" Tall (small). Bookseller Inventory # L000834

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Johnson, Merle

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1921)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1921. Cloth Spine, Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Howard Pyle (illustrator). 9.25 x 12.25 Inches. A very good copy, clean, tight. DJ has waterstain on spine (hardly noticeable) and small one inch tear on back. Otherwise, a solid beauty. In our collection of Art-Illustrators, this is one of our prizes. A great gift for yourself, or for some other lucky soul. Bookseller Inventory # 001521

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact & Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main

Pyle, Howard

Published by Harper & Bros., NY, 1921 (1921)

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Item Description: Harper & Bros., NY, 1921, 1921. Compiled by Merle Johnson, 8 3/'4" x 12 1/8", 4to, not first edition. "K-E" on copyright page. Pyle captures the very essence of pirate lore. Tan boards and black cloth. Pictorial label on front cover. Illustrated with 23 full page plates on slickpa per of paintings by Pyle - seven of which are in color. In addition, there are many black and white drawings by Pyle throughout, several of which are tipped in. Exquisitely composed. Rubbed slightly at extreme bottom of spine. Dust jacket with so m e small losses at several corners and at extreme base of spine. Fine/ Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 12211

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howard pyle's book of pirates

pyle, howard

Published by Harper & Brothers (1921)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, 1921. hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. Harper & Brothers, 1921, early printing, Very Good++ huge hardback with color frontispiece and 36 illustrations by the Author, NOT exlib. Bookseller Inventory # 166542

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Howard Pyle and compiled by Merle Johnson

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1921)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1921. Hardbound. Early edition. cover board is clean / spine ends slightly bumped / spine strip clean / gilt nice / color paste on is clean / bright / text is clean / bright / tight / all illustrations are clean / bright / includes 3 tip-in, 2 color & 1 b/w / this is a nice solid copy / the DJ picture is cut out and also included / fiction, fact & fancy concerning the buccaneers & marooners of the spanish main VG+ / no DJ / later printing / copyright page letters are K-E /. Bookseller Inventory # 004190

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Pyle,Howard

Published by Haper & Brothers, New York (1921)

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Item Description: Haper & Brothers, New York, 1921. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Later Printing. Code LG on copyright page indicates later printing. 209 Pages. One tipped in black and white, 4 black and white illustrations and 9 color. Previous owners name and date on front free endpaper else fine. Dw has a 3 inch piece missing from the heel of the spine panel and several short close tears and chips but the book is fine. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 013534

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Johnson, Merle & Howard Pyle

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, NY (1921)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, NY, 1921. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good, none. 1st edition. 8vo, 209pp, Just minor shelfwear to this book, a little foxing but only on a few pages, inscription on inside front cover. The letters "K-A" appear on the copyright page meaning November of 1921. Bookseller Inventory # 011660

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Howard Pyle

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1921. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: good. Later Printing. some shelf wear to the book, previous owner's bookplate to front endpaper; wear to tips, corners and edges of jacket with creasing and tears. Scarce in jacket. Bookplate of the art collector Millcent W. Smyth. All illustrations including the three tipped-in ones are present and correct except for the one at page 196 which is stained at the top corner and the illustration called for at 224 is actually at 226. Date code E-A, 1926. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Hard Cover. Most items ship with free delivery confirmation, electronic tracking and jacket protectors (generally over $10.00) if applicable. Clean recycled packing material will be used when possible. Bookseller Inventory # 999991

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1921. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj. Howard Pyle (illustrator). 9.25 x 12.25 Inches. A very good, tight, intact copy without DJ, but covered with Mylar. This titan of the Brandywine School taught his students well, but hardly any of them surpassed their teacher -- with the exception, perhaps, of N.C. Wyeth. Still, Howard Pyle stands tall, and perhaps never moreso than in his depiction of Pirates. A great gift for yourself, or for some piratical friend. Bookseller Inventory # 001569

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Pyle, Howard

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Half-Leather. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Pyle, Howard (illustrator). 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Early printing (coded D-Y, April 1924), beautifully rebound in brown leather spine with four raised bands, gilt titles and 10 double bands, marbled boards, moiré endpapers, maroon slipcase. All illustrations present; virtually flawless (a small date written in pen at bottom of title page, a few pages with slight stains or foxing. Oversize overweight book will require additional postage for foreign shipping. We always ship carefully and securely in sturdy cartons, never in mailing bags. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001950

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Pyle, Howard

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1921. Cloth. Book Condition: Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: None. First Edition. 1921, First edition, Book Condition: good plus; Black Cloth with gilt lettering on the spine, gilt is at 95 per cent loss, with mounted color Pictorial illustration on the front cover, K-A on the copyright page which is November, 1921. Pyle captures the very essence of pirate lore. Text: 247 numbered pages of text with thirty-six full page illustrations some in full color and some in black & white as well as some additional black & white in text. Dust Jacket Condition: none. Highly innovative and influential artist-illustrator, Pyle taught such as N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Jessie Wilcox Smith at his Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. Although published some ten years after his death, this is nonetheless one of the most memorable and characteristic of his productions. Bookseller Inventory # 001203

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates - Fiction, Fact & Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main: From the Writings & Pictures of Howard Pyle, Complied By Merle Johnson

Howard Pyle; Merle Johnson

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York & London, 1921. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Publisher's mark on the verso of title page is K-V, indicating an October 1921 printing, the true first is April 1921, so this is an early printing of the first edition. xviii + 247pp. 36 illustrations in colour and black & white, including 3 tipped in plates (2 in colour), plus numerous drawings in text and illustrations at the chapter heads. Dark brown cloth spine over fawn boards with a pictorial colour insert, gilt titles on spine. 15mm tear at top of front spine joint, 18mm closed tear midway on back spine joint, rubbing to spine joints and corners, additional very minor marks and surface rubbing. Internally there is age toning to endpapers and sporadic light spotting to interior pages. Binding is sound, a nice copy of a very special book. Packed weight is 2kg. Overweight, extra postage may be required outside Australia. Bookseller Inventory # 004620

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Howard Pyle's Book Of Pirates. Fiction, Fact & Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers & Mariners of the Spanish Main

Pyle, Howard

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. No Dust Jacket. Copyright page: 1921 K-E. Paste up color illustration on cover clean and bright. Brown cloth quarter bound on brown boards, lightly fraying at edges. Corners bumped. Spine ends bumped. Gilt lettering on spine rubbed. Title readable but publisher not quite. Spine has spotting. Front hinge beginning to crack. Former owner's name on ffep. Pages yellowed. ; 12.5" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 47784

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact & Fancy concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main: From the writing & Pictures of Howard Pyle

Pyle, Howard); Johnson, Merle, comp.

Published by Harper & Brothers [1930] (c.1921), New York/London (1930)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers [1930] (c.1921), New York/London, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good dj. Illustrated by Howard Pyle (illustrator). 14th printing (L-E). [moderate wear to spine ends and bottom corners, private library stamp on front pastedown; jacket has quite a few small tears along the top and bottom edges (nothing too serious, and with very little paper loss), partial rubber-stamp (same private library stamp) visible near bottom of front panel, a few tiny black crayon marks on rear panel]. (color and B&W plates; line drawings) A collection of Pyle's pirate stories and his vivid, iconic images of the buccaneers themselves, all brilliantly evoking the "roistering, adventurous, daredevil spirit" of these "cruel but picturesque sea wolves who once infested the Spanish Main." Merle Johnson's assessment of Pyle's significance, in his Foreword, is spot-on: "It is improbable that anyone else will ever bring his combination of interest and talent to the depiction of these old-time Pirates, any more than there could be a second Remington to paint the now extinct Indians and gun-fighters of the Great West." In addition to the 36 listed plates (25 in black & white, 11 in color), the book also contains three smaller illustrations (one in black & white, two in color) tipped onto pages 3, 232 and 239, and there are numerous smaller drawings sprinkled throughout the text. If you can flip through this book without slipping into pirate arrrgghh-got, you've got more self-control than I do, matey. NOISBN. Bookseller Inventory # 20168

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Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

Johnson, Merle (Ill Howard Pyle)

Published by HARPER & BROS, New York (1921)

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Item Description: HARPER & BROS, New York, 1921. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG/G. Reprint. 4TO. Colour frontis and 11 colour plates by Pyle, 24 black and white illustrations, many illustrations in the text, some mounted on glossy stock and several in duotone. Illustrated endpapers, mounted colour plate on front board duplicated on jacket. A glorious production. Harper code K-E. Light wear to book, some shelfwear, wear to corners. Unpriceclipped ($7.50) jacket worn with a number of chips and tears, lower rear corner shows more wear and creasing. 247 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 27784

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