Pirates! Or, the Cruise of the Black Revenge.
Banning, Kendall and Gustave Baumann (illustrator).
Brothers of the Book, ( 1916), Chicago
4to, 27 cm. Unpaginated - Title, 15 folded sheets, endsheet. 13 b/w woodcuts.
One rarely sees pirate stories combined with fine press printing, but this is a splendid example, rating a double YAAR!. It is a humorous play in verse about the adventures of the pirate Captain Hawkes and his crew. Designed by Lawrence Woodworth and published in Chicago for the Brothers of the Book, it contains clever words, and whimsical and wonderful wood-engraved illustrations. (A second edition was published in 1918 in a smaller 8vo format. We also have a copy of this edition, bound in half scarlet morocco.) Bound in black paper cover with scarlet Pirates! on the cover. A Fine, fresh copy of the first edition, one in a limited edition of 525 copies.