NY: Harper and Brothers, 1919. Hardcover_cloth. 5.75"x8.25"x1.5". 327 pages. Letters D-H. Red cloth boards with silver and black coat of arms and letters on front. Silver letters on spine. H&B colophon on title page. Frontispiece is beautiful colorful plate: "Henry of Lancaster who in 1399 as Henry IV became England's King in the stead of the weak, wicked, and treacherous Richard II". All other 14 illustrations are B&W. Dedication and introduction. Spine straight, binding tight, pages clean w/slight tone. Not x-library, unmarked. Edge wear w/fraying and rubs. Light soiling to boards. Used - VeryGood. Item #12796
Men of Iron is an 1891 novel by the American author Howard Pyle, who also illustrated it. Set in the 15th century, it is a juvenile "coming of age" work in which a young squire, Myles Falworth, seeks not only to become a knight but to eventually redeem his father's honor. In Chapter 24 the knighthood ceremony is presented and described as it would be in a non-fiction work concerning knighthood and chivalry. Descriptions of training equipment are also given throughout.
In 1954 it was made into a movie called The Black Shield of Falworth.
Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people.
During 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), and after 1900 he founded his own school of art and illustration named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The term Brandywine School was later applied to the illustration artists and Wyeth family artists of the Brandywine region by Pitz. Some of his more famous students were N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Elenore Abbott, Ethel Franklin Betts, Anna Whelan Betts, Harvey Dunn, Clyde O. DeLand, Philip R. Goodwin, Violet Oakley, Ellen Bernard Thompson Pyle, Olive Rush, Allen Tupper True, and Jessie Willcox Smith.
His 1883 classic publication The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood remains in print, and his other books, frequently with medieval European settings, include a four-volume set on King Arthur. He is also well known for his illustrations of pirates, and is credited with creating the now stereotypical modern image of pirate dress. He published an original novel, Otto of the Silver Hand, in 1888. He also illustrated historical and adventure stories for periodicals such as Harper's Weekly and St. Nicholas Magazine. His novel Men of Iron was made into a movie in 1954, The Black Shield of Falworth.Goodreads 3.96.