LE MORTE DARTHUR, by Sir Thomas Malory with Aubrey Beardsley - 1893 [Ltd. Ed. 2vol set]
Le Morte Darthur
by Sir Thomas Malory
illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley
SUBTITLE: The Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, their Marvellous Endquests and Adventures, The Achieving of the San Greal, and in the End Le Morte Darthur with the Dolourous Death and Departing Out of This World of Them All."
Originally published in 1485 by William Caxton, this copy includes his Preface, Introduction and "Table or Rubrysshe." Le Morte Darthur is Middle French for Le Morte d'Arthur, but the stories are published 19th century English, as updated with minimal changes by the publisher. This edition has an Introduction by Professor Rhys, and numerous woodcut-style illustrations by Beardsley. Thomas Malory (c. 1415-1471) reworked the traditional French and English tales of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, adding at least one original story. Mallory's written version of the long-standing oral traditions of Arthurian legends has been used as a primary source for many famous English writers.
This edition Dent edition is lavishly illustrated with nearly 585 chapter openings, borders, initials, ornaments and full- or double-page illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). It is considered his first great masterpiece, and launched what has become known as the "Beardsley Look."
In its own right, these volumes are a handsome example of 19th century fine binding, with beveled boards, rounded spines, lavish gilt and tooled design, with gilt-edged and hand cut pages.
Book is published in 2 volumes, numbered sequentially for a total of 991 pages. 8 x 9.75 inches.
First Edition Thus. This Limited Edition is 1 of 1500, and published by J. M. Dent & Company, London. 1893.
Hardbacks are overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.
- Tan cloth over boards is lavishly decorated in gilt.
- Covers exhibit moderate dirt and a little staining.
- Corners are rubbed with exposed board.
- Perimeters are lightly worn and dirty.
- Spines have bright gilt title, decoration and publisher's block.
- Minimal rubbing or fading to gilt.
- Spine ends are worn, with some chipping.
- 1/2" (max) splits from head of spine along shoulders.
- Inside pages are tanned, more darkly in the margins.
- Crown edge of text blocks is gilt.
- Fore and foot edges of text block are deckled.
- Prominent deckled edges exhibit some chipping.
- Vol 1 has a stain on the foot edge of page 319, and a chip at the top corner of the plate facing page 132.
- Most tissue protectors are missing.
- Pastedowns exhibit light-to-moderate foxing.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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