CAPTAIN BLOOD. Rafael Sabatini.


[in N.C. Wyeth dust jacket] His Odyssey. With Frontispiece by N.C. Wyeth. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1922. Original black cloth lettered in red, with the original dust jacket bearing the same Wyeth illustration as the frontispiece.

First (American) Edition -- precedence uncertain between this and the undated Hutchinson edition in London -- of one of Sabatini's most popular works (along with SCARAMOUCHE from two years earlier). Based partly on historical fact (as was Sabatini's style), it is the tale of the Irish doctor Peter Blood who (like the real-life Henry Pitman) tended to wounded Monmouth rebels in the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688, and who (like the actual Monmouth rebels) was sentenced to "transportation" to Barbados, to be sold into slavery. Pitman escaped and was captured by pirates, after which he escaped again and ultimately made his way back to England to write his memoirs; the fictional Blood, on the other hand, joined the pirates and became a swashbuckling buccaneer -- the most feared pirate of the Caribbean -- but was ultimately rewarded by the British government for saving Jamaica from the French.~The color frontispiece portrait of Captain Blood is by N.C. Wyeth. This book was immensely popular in America, such that it was quickly made into a silent 1924 film by Vitagraph (now partly lost); the famous film, however, is the 1935 one starring Errol Flynn, Olivia deHavilland and Basil Rathbone.~This volume is in fine condition. The quite scarce dust jacket, repeating the Wyeth color illustration, properly bears the price of $2.00; it is in near-fine condition (colors slightly faded, very little wear other than a couple of short edge-tears, less soil than is usual). One of the two Sabatini must-haves, CAPTAIN BLOOD in a jacket this nice has become difficult to find. Item #13507

Price: $4,500.00

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