Meader, Stephen W. The Black Buccaneer. 1920 First Edition.

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Meader, Stephen W. The Black Buccaneer (New York: Harcourt Brace and Howe, 1920). First Edition.

Binding: Hardcover (Original Cloth). Illustrator: Stephen W. Meader. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Size: 7.5"-8" - Small Octavo (Sm. 8vo). 281 pages. Item Type: Book.

This book was the first of Meader's 44 adventure chapter books for boys and Harcourt, Brace and Howe's first juvenile publication. He has had a resurgence in popularity in a new generation of readers because of modern reprints, but the originals are somewhat scarce. A special feature of this original edition is that all illustrations were drawn by Meader himself, including the frontispiece and four full-page illustrations and smaller in-text drawings of maps and characters from the story. 

The text block is generally tight, though the front cover is a bit shaken and there is occasional separation in the gutters between signatures. The pages are clean, though tanned from age with some scattered light foxing or spotting.

Hardbound in blue-green cloth over boards with the title and image of a sailing ship on the front cover and title with the Jolly Roger on the spine, both in black. Corners sharp but worn at the tips. The spine shows wear at the head and foot and is slightly faded or darkened from exposure. There is a 1930 gift inscription (To Edmund | From Aunt Katie) on the front free end paper. The page edges are browned, particularly the top page edges.

Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 0 lbs 15 oz. Category: Fiction; Pirates; United States; 1920s; ISBN: No ISBN. Inventory No: 1322.