Lot 33 of 478:
Malory's King Arthur with Beardsley illustrations  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$720
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
The Birth Life and Acts of King Arthur of his Noble Knights of the Round Table their Marvellous Enquests and Adventures, the Achieving of the San Greal and in the End Le Morte DArthur with the Dolourous Death and Departing Out of the World of them All

Author:
Malory, Thomas

Place:
[London]

Publisher:
Dent & Co.

Date:
1893-94

Description:

12 original parts.  Illustrated throughout by Aubrey Beardsley with plates, vignettes in text, initials, decorations, etc.; 2 frontispieces. (4to) 24x19 cm. (9½x7½"), original pictorial cloth. One of 1500 copies of the regular issue, from a run of 1800. First Edition.

First edition of Aubrey Beardsley's first important work. "In Le Morte DArthur Beardsley learnt his job, but the result is no bungling student's work... If he had never illustrated another book, this edition of Morte DArthur could stand as a monument of decorative book illustration" (in The Twentieth Century Book, pp. 148-149). Beardsley was 20 years old when Dent first commissioned him with this project.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Cloth sunned, joints split on second volume; paper a bit browned; good.


 
Item number:
285673
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