Book Trails was a seven-volume set of short stories and poems for children published in 1928. I have two of these volumes, filled with great art, much of it in color. I've decided to upload an image every couple of days as inspiration to us modern illustrators.
Many of the illustrations are unsigned, and there is no illustrator credit in the volumes I have. There's a real range of styles, from more Arthur Rackham type watercolors to images that seem inspired by Rockwell Kent. Anyhow, here we go with this image of the Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee, a dapper rascal with an improbable mustache. This one is signed by Keith Ward, who appears to have worked in advertising later on. If the dates for his life are correct, he created this illustration at age 21 or 22--not bad at all!