First edition of this pirate novel by one of the most influential artists in the modern iconography of pirates.
Very good plus.
RUBY OF KISHMOOR
David Cordingly names Pyle's BOOK OF PIRATES, which collects pirate images from throughout Pyle's career (including from this book), as one of the works that "no doubt helped to fix the image in people's minds" of the black flag with the white skull and crossbones. The flag/skull and crossbones design is also seen here across the front board of the binding in an eerie grey tone beneath the gilt title.
Read more: Cordingly, Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1908. Octavo. 8.75'' x 5.75''. Original pale blue pictorial cloth elaborately stamped in dark blue, grey, white, and gilt, with a ghostly black flag design in the background. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Illustrated by Pyle with 10 full-page color plates. Title page printed in yellow and black. Evidence of bookplate removal to front pastedown, very faint dampstain line at bottom corner of text block. Boards a little soiled but overall very nice.
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