A very handsome fine binding graces this 1929 edition of Sir Thomas Malory's legendary work, Le Morte D'Arthur, The History of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table. This edition follows the famous Caxton edition of 1485. With twenty-four attractive full-color plates by Russell Flint.
About the Work -
Le Morte d'Arthur is a 15th-century Middle English prose reworking by Sir Thomas Malory of tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table—along with their respective folklore. In order to tell a "complete" story of Arthur from his conception to his death, Malory compiled, rearranged, interpreted and modified material from various French and English sources. Today, this is one of the best-known works of Arthurian literature. Many authors, since the 19th-century revival of the legend, have used Malory as their principal source.
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 23 x 15 x 4.5 cm. Red crushed leather binding. Boards with outer roll of flowers, and three inner gilt fillet borders, corner rose florets to inner frame and central vine and scroll surrounding a flower with blue onlay petals. Board edges ruled in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, each ruled in gilt. All compartments framed in gilt border; four with central rose surrounded by vines and flowers, and two compartments with title and author in gilt. Top and bottom lip of spine with gilt decoration. Double endbands, red and yellow. Turn-ins with gilt roll of palm front and floral sprays, inner gilt fillet frames. Purple endpapers. Illustrated, full-color.
Pagination - xliv, 432, (2nd part) 531
See pictures. A very handsome book, displays wonderfully in red. Rubs at corners, top of joints, and on several raised cords. Slightest sunning to spine. Turn-ins have ghosted free front endpaper. Bottom right corner of pages with crease mark for 1st half of book, likely bumped at some point. A little toning to pages. Light thumbing on one blank unpaginated endpaper. .5 cm tear at bottom-edge of title page. Occasional light crease to page. No writing, no other tears. A little fraying to the bottom of the ribbon, and it has detached at the top band.
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