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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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Pyle, Howard

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

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Item Description: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1921, 1921. First edition. No. 44 of 50 copies only on Japan vellum stock the first printing from new plates, signed by Merle Johnson on the limitation page. 4to. Illustrated with 36 full-page plates (of which 12 are in color) on glossy paper, and numerous illustrations in black and white throughout the text. xvii, [1], 247 pp. Cloth spine and boards. Very good copy (light rubbing to extremities, endsheets toned). Rare. Custom morocco backed folding box. Bookseller Inventory # 266028

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PYLE, HOWARD] JOHNSON, MERLE (ED.).

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

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Item Description: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1921, 1921. First Edition. One of 50 copies printed on Òvellum stock.Ó This copy has been presented to the bookÕs designer, inscribed on the colophon page by the editor (Pyle died some years earlier), ÒExtra special copy for A.W. Rushmore whose job suits his name and who gets away with it - as this volume which reflects his effort as much as mine will testify - Amen - Merle Johnson Aug 22, 1921.Ó Minor page staining to the bottom corner of some pages; some leaves roughly opened; a very good copy. Bound in paper covered boards with a color illustration mounted on the front cover and a cloth spine. Bookseller Inventory # 33314

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PYLE, Howard.

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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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PYLE, HOWARD] JOHNSON, MERLE (ED.).

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

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Item Description: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1921, 1921. First Edition (the date code indicates that this was printed a month later than copies printed on vellum); publisherÕs leather; some page spotting; gift inscription; very good. Bookseller Inventory # 33315

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PYLE, Howard. [Merle Johnson ed.]

Published by New York; Harper. 1921 (1921)

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Item Description: New York; Harper. 1921, 1921. First edition, (coded D-V on copyright page denoting early imprint). 4to. A very good copy indeed in publisher's original black cloth spine over paper covered boards with onlay illustration to front board. Near fine with some minor edgewear and bumping to extremities, a very clean and striking copy indeed. In a very good example of the scarce and fragile dustwrapper with some wear to extremities and some light shallow chipping, creasing and loss to upper margin. Perhaps a half inch of loss to head of spine just clipping the 'h' in the artist's name. small tape repairs to reverse. Some thoughtful person has inserted a sheet of matching brown paper between the dustwrapper and mylar rendering most of the dustwrapper's wear all but invisible, shows extremely well. Internally clean, bookplate to front flyleaf. An attractive and evocative collection of piratical history and anecdote. Scarce in this condition. Bookseller Inventory # 40555

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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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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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Johnson, Merle

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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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PYLE, Howard

Published by New York. 1921. Harper & Brothers. (1921)

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Item Description: New York. 1921. Harper & Brothers., 1921. 1st Ed. (with k-v on copyright page), compiled by Merle Johnson. XVIII, 247 PP with 25 b/w illustrations (4 tail pieces, 8 head pieces and 13 text), plus 1 colour illustration tipped in, 24 b/w and 12 colour plates. Fp (in colour): An attack on a Galleon. Vignette on title page, Pirate Bold on Half title page. Illustration on front endpaper: The Challenge. Hard cover, colour illustration pasted down on front cover, gilt device and title on spine. Front endpaper has a piece missing (8cm x 8cm) at the top corner. Slight ageing of paper, foxing spots. Covers lightly soiled, some wear on edges of covers, o/wise very good. 31.4 x 22.8. Bookseller Inventory # 42349

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Pyle, Howard

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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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pyle, howard

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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 and compiled by Merle Johnson

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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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Pyle,Howard

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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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Johnson, Merle & Howard Pyle

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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

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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 & Merle Johnson.

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1921. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Howard Pyle (illustrator). First edition. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1921. First edition (copyright page code I-W). Book condition: very good. Extremely sound binding. Slight bumping to corners. Minor puncture mark to cloth binding at front hinge. Very clean boards with only minor scuffing. A little browning to the endpapers and prelims. Very slight tanning to paper - mainly bordering the page edges. Offset staining from tipped in half-tone illustration on p3. Internally very clean and bright. All illustrations present including the three tipped-in plates (2 colour + 1 half-tone). These three tipped-in plates are not included in the illustration list. There are 36 illustrations in cluding the frontispiece , of these 11 are in colour. Dust jacket condition: good. Jacket is price clipped and has a small closed tear around the hinge to the front which mtaches with the small puncture mark to the frnt boad. A little creasing with two closed tears to an area at the head of the rear panel of the wrapper. A little chipping and slight loss to tail of spine and to corners. Closed tear from lower front corner extending upwards by about 4 cms. Jacket clean and bright and in a prorective wrapper. Pirate gold and pirate adventure held an endless fascination for Howard Pyle. He was able to express with pen and brush all the roistering, adventurous daredevil spirit for which the legendary pirates stand. As a gift book for anyone who likes tales of pirates, be they 12 or 70, this is a wonderful book. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 01303537

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Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1921)

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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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Pyle, Howard

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Item Description: Harper & Bros, 1921. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Pyle, Howard (illustrator). First edition. 1st 1921. Almost very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Fiction, Fact & Fancy concerning the Buccanners & Marooners of the Spanish Main. 36 plates as called for including 11 colour plus 2 tipped-in colour plates which are not listed. Brown boards, colour pictorial onlay, black cloth spine with gilt title. Pyle was one of the founders of present-day American illustration. 247pp. 12 x 9". Spine is very browned and worn; wear and scuffing to covers. Binding is a little weak at joints. Foxing to outer page edges. Some grubby margin marks. Wrinkling/creasing to some pages. All plates present. Possible later dustwrapper that is price-cut and a little grubby. [S]. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 2108805

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