Book of Pirates - Howard Pyle Book of Pirates

The Book of Pirates, also known as "Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates, Fiction, Fact & Fancy concerning the Buccaneers & Marooners of the Spanish Main", is required reading for anyone interested in pirates.

From the Foreword; "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.

In all these fields Pyle's work may be equaled, surpassed, save in one. 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. "

Howard Pyle Book of Pirates

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