New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923. Item #02966
With Twenty-Two Color Plates by Howard Pyle
PYLE, Howard. Howard Pyle's Book of The American Spirit. The Romance of American History Pictured by Howard Pyle. Compiled by Merle Johnson: with Narrative Descriptive Text from Original Sources Edited by Francis J. Dowd. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923.
First edition, first issue with B-X on the copyright page. Folio (12 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches; 308 x 225 mm.). xviii, 346 pp. Twenty-two full-page color plates and 180 black and white illustrations throughout.
Publisher's black cloth over tan boards, front cover with color illustration laid-on and lettered in dark brown, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained orange. One small marginal tear (7/8 inch) on pp. 223/224, otherwise a very fine copy in the original tan paper dust jacket with the same color illustration pasted onto the front. This is the finest copy we have ever seen.
"A companion to the famous Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates. It contains more than two hundred pictures, representing events in American history. These drawings and paintings have themselves an interesting history. During the past quarter of a century wood engravings of over half of them, made by the masters of that art, have been treasured in the Harper collection. More than twenty of the pictures are in full color. The narrative and descriptive captions are embellished by decorative cuts. The book is a choice example of Howard Pyle's work." (Dust jacket front flap).
BAL, Volume 7, page 191.