Considered by many to be the first true English novel, Robinson Crusoe is the original castaway story—one man shipwrecked on a desert island with little but his wits and the available resources to sustain him. Written in 1719 by Daniel Defoe and based in part on the true-life accounts of actual marooned sailors of his day, the book was an immediate success and spawned a new form of storytelling.
This Top Five Classics illustrated edition includes 28 color plates by N.C. Wyeth and others, and another 17 black-and-white illustrations by artists from editions published from the 18th to the early 20th century.
Also featuring an introduction and brief author bio, this version of Robinson Crusoe holds treasures for readers young and old alike.
Newly abridged by Timothy Meis, James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans comes to life under the paintbrush of N.C. Wyeth, with illustrations originally published in 1919. The artist offers readers a close-up view of the French and Indian War, in paintings such as British colonel Duncan's struggle against a Huron warrior or the Mohican Chingachgook similarly fighting off another Huron warrior in the clearing of a wood. Wyeth's paintings also accompany Meis's adaptation of Daniel DeFoe's Robinson Crusoe, due out in February.