LA MORT D'ARTHUR. The most ancient and famous History of the renowned Prince Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Sir Thomas MALORY.

LA MORT D'ARTHUR. The most ancient and famous History of the renowned Prince Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

London: R. Wilks, 1816. Hardcover. In three volumes. 24mo; 5 in. tall. 326, 381 and 377 pp. Bound in full 19th century leather with gilt decorations to boards and spine, leather spine labels, and marbled endpapers. Illustrations: Vol I with engraved frontispiece of the death of Sir Lancelot, vignette title page of the Lady of the Lake offering Arthur the sword, and fold-out plate depicting Arthur and his knights at the Round Table. Vol II with engraved frontispiece of Sir Tristram & Isolde, and vignette title page of the battle of Sir Tristram and Sir Lancelot. Vol III with engraved frontispiece of Arthur drawing the sword from the stone, and vignette title page of Sir Percival fighting the serpent. The vignette title pages are printed from the 1634 edition. The set is housed in a leather and cloth clamshell box with a gilt image of Excalibur. Spines professionally repaired, boards with light scuffing, corners with light wear, plates with light foxing. Vol III front joint beginning to fissure. First published in 1485 by William Caxton, Le Morte d'Arthur is the source for most subsequent Arthurian literature. The 1485 Caxton edition was followed by editions in 1498, 1529, 1557 and 1634. No further editions were printed until two competing editions in 1816, of which this is one. An important edition of Sir Thomas Malory's compilation of French and English Arthurian romances, which marks the start of modern interest in Arthuriana. NCBEL vol I 674. Grolier 3. Kunitz and Haycraft p. 337. Harvey p. 509, 561-2. Very Good+ in no dust jacket as issued. Item #715

Price: $1,602.00

See all items in Folklore & Mythology
See all items by