Lot 107 of 426:
Beardsley's Morte d'Arthur in 1 vol.  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$450
Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
The Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur, of His Nobel Knight 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 this World of Them All
Author:
Malory, Sir Thomas
Place:
[London]
Publisher:
J.M. Dent
Date:
1909
Description:

liv, 624 pp. Illustrated with 20 full page plates, including 2 from etchings and 18 from woodcuts (five are double-page) by Aubrey Beardsley with tissue-guards, plus approximately 280 woodcut chapter headers, initials, borders and ornaments throughout the text. Introduction by John Rhys. Note on Aubrey Beardsley by Aymer Vallance. Note on the designs omitted from the first edition by R. A. Walker. Caxton's Preface from the 1485 edition. Glossary. (Large thick 8vo) original gilt decorated and stamped green cloth, untrimmed, top edge gilt. One of 1500 copies. Second Beardsley Edition.

Beardsley's first major work. An elaborately illustrated edition of Sir Thomas Malory's masterpiece in facsimile format from Caxton's 1485 typographic classic. Beardsley's illustrations to Le Morte d'Arthur are a mix of knights and fauns, swans, fantasy figures, all in his "fin de siecle" style.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Rubbing with fraying at spine ends, front joint cracked with spine panel lifting, corners bumped and fraying; endpapers toned, internally about near fine.
 
Item number:
309763
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