Le Morte D'Arthur; Illustrated By Aubrey Beardsley. Sir Thomas Malory.
Le Morte D'Arthur; Illustrated By Aubrey Beardsley

Le Morte D'Arthur; Illustrated By Aubrey Beardsley

London: J.M. Dent & Co, 1893-1894. Beardsley, Aubrey. First edition. Hardcover. 24.5 x 19 cm. In the original 12 parts. Full page plates, illustrations, decorated letter initials, wrappers and head and tail pieces after Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley's "Le Morte D'Arthur" in the rare parts issue, published when he was only 21 years old. King Arthur was his first illustrated book and began what has been called the "Beardsley Period" in illustration. GORDON RAY p.18 [The Artist & The Book]. "Heir to the neo-medievalism of the Pre-Raphaelites, Beardsley in his brief career heightened this style into a highly Romanticized and fin de siecle decorative manner. The Malory drawings are his strongest illustrations." C.E. Flemming contemporary signature on upper right corner of the first three parts, the second part with the inscribed date "Sept 1893." Donna Jackson book label. Margins of upper corners of part 1 lacking small pieces, approximately one centimeter, and spine of latter abraded. Balance of issues with a few minor nicks, generally clean and fresh. Orig. blue/gray pictorial wrappers. Very good housed in fine modern green cloth folding case, interior lined in green marbled paper with black leather spine label gilt lettered. Item #22000

Price: $5,500.00

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