Collecting Delaware Books

Howard Pyle: His Life - His Work
by Paul Preston Davis

From the prospectus:

Pyle vol 2 cover
Pyle vol 1 cover

At the dawn of the 20th century, Howard Pyle was America's most famous and influential illustrator. Through the illustrated pages of Harper's, Scribner's and Century magazines, the American public first became acquainted with the illustrator that they would come to love. Both by example and through his teaching, Pyle molded and influenced generations of young artists who have continued his unique vision of illustration far beyond his own lifetime.

Published 93 years after his death, this book celebrates the enduring and far-reaching achievements of America's foremost illustrator. Rarely is the life.s work of an artist pictured in one publication. These remarkable volumes are illustrated with images of all 3300 known published and unpublished completed works of art, hundreds of which have not been reproduced since their original publication over 100 years ago.

Most importantly for the researcher, Davis has indexed and cross-indexed the information eleven different ways, creating a tool that is as easy to use as it is valuable. For the first time full-color images of Pyle's color work are provided in a single source along with publication and exhibition histories of all illustrations.

Author, Paul Preston Davis, with exhaustive research and dogged perseverance, has produced a valuable resource for the study of Howard Pyle and American illustration. His work greatly expands upon the data originally collected by Willard S. Morse and Gertrude Brinklé in 1921. This remarkable and comprehensive set of books embodies years of research and will be valued and treasured by researchers, scholars, librarians, and collectors alike. Co-published by Oak Knoll Press and The Delaware Art Museum.

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The June 2005 issue of Delaware Today has an article about this book.

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