Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. Aubrey Beardsley, Illustrator.

Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

London: J.M. Dent, 1909. Second edition. Hardcover. 624 pages. 26 x 21 cm. Limited edition one of 1500 copies. Twenty full-page woodcut plates and a plethora of in-text wood engravings. GORDON N. RAY 314. "Seeking to emulate the books of the Kelmscott Press, John Dent in 1892 offered Beardsley 200 pounds [for the 1st edition published 1893-1894 in 3 vols] for twenty full-page illustrations, about one hundred smaller designs in the text, and nearly 350 initial letters for `Le Morte d'Arthur.In accepting this formidable commission, the artist anticipated, correctly as it turned out `a year's hard work." Edges lightly foxed, rubbing to lower extremities, interior contents clean, owner inscription dated 1909. Orig. green publisher's cloth, spine and front cover decorated in gilt floral motifs. Teg. Very good. Item #18918

Price: $925.00

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