New York: Harper and Brothers, 1886. Item #02963
"One Must Have a Little Pinch of Seasoning in this Dull, Heavy Life of Ours"
PYLE, Howard. Pepper & Salt, or Seasoning for Young Folk. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1886. First edition. Large quarto (11 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches; 282 x 215 mm.).  xiv, 122, [2, advertisements] pp. Pictorial title-page printed in red and black and seventy-five black and white illustrations.
Publishers tan cloth pictorially decorated in red and black. A very fine copy.
The tales and Poems are: The Skillful Huntsman; Claus and his wonderful staff; How Dame Margery Twist saw more than was good for her; Clever Peter and the two bottles; Hans Hecklemann's luck; Farmer Griggs's boggart; The bird in the linden tree and The apple of contentment.
In Salt & Pepper, Howard Pyle writes in a 'Court-Jesterish' manner - meaning for them to be read out loud…
and the superb black and white illustrations will keep the children amazed (and the adults too!)
"…So, here I'll sit; and perhaps when you have been good children, and have learned your lessons or done your work, your mother will let you come and play a little while with me. I will always be ready and waiting for you here, and I will warrant your mother that I will do you no harm with anything that I may tell you. If I can only make you laugh and be merry for a little while, then my work will be well done, and I will be glad in the doing of it. And now give me my cap and bells again, for my wits are growing cold without them; and you will be pleased to reach me my bauble once more, for I love to have him by me. Will you be seated? And you, over there, seat the baby on the grass! Are you ready? Vey well; then I will tell you a story, and it shall be about "The skillful Huntsman."" (Preface).
Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people.