The first book written by Mervyn Peake, author of the brilliant cult novels in the Gormenghast series.
Fully illustrated by the author, who was a successful book artist before taking up writing (who knew?).
A children’s picture book about pirates and monsters, but surely the god-damnedest children’s picture book about pirates and monsters before, maybe, Where the Wild Things Are. Grotesque and intricate and insanely beautiful, just like everything else Peake produced during his way-too-short creative life.
I found a copy in a used bookstore and cheerfully ponied up thirty bucks without even looking inside first. It was cheap at the price.