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Howard Pyle had many admirers among his contemporaries, including Vincent Van Gogh, who once said that Pyle’s work “struck me dumb with admiration.” Considering the famous painter was talking about artwork, the extent of Pyle’s ability and quality was clear.
In addition to teaching illustration courses at Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry, Pyle put his talents to use, primarily illustrating children’s books. He is best remembered today for his work on The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, which remains in print, and he also did a four-volume set of King Arthur tales. Though he also wrote his own novels, he continued to be in popular demand for illustrations, and he was employed by periodicals like Harper’s Weekly.
Pyle wrote many stories about pirates, including The Book of Pirates and Stolen Treasure. which was loosely modeled after the historical pirate Captain Morgan. This title is another pirate story, taking place in the Far East, involving pirates, a queen, and a ruby.
This edition of Pyle’s The Ruby of Kishmoor is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of Pyle and his illustrations.