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Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory. Worldwide literature classic, among top 100 literary novels of all time. A must read for everybody, a book that will keep saying what it has to say for years.
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There has been humour, heartbreak, and breathtaking visions, and the continuous excitement of trying to capture the beauty of Malory's scenes in watercolour. In the quietest moments, I liked to imagine ghosts roosting in my studio - from distant figures who may have existed and inspired the legend, to the storytellers, artists, and their creations that have served it. There are rewards in such good company and I feel most privileged to have contributed to a tradition so close to my heart, and served a world of such beauty.....beauty with a serrated edge. Anna Marie FergusonFrom the Back Cover:
"Le Morte d'Arthur remains an enchanted sea for
the reader to swim about in, delighting at the random beauties of fifteenth-century prose."
The legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the greatest works of literature--from Cervantes's Don Quixote to Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Although many versions exist, Malory's stands as the classic rendition. Malory wrote the book while in Newgate Prison during the last three years of his life; it was published some fourteen years later, in 1485, by William Caxton. The tales, steeped in the magic of Merlin, the powerful cords of the chivalric code, and the age-old dramas of love and death, resound across the centuries.
The stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Queen Guenever, and Tristram and Isolde seem astonishingly moving and modern. Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur endures and inspires because it embodies mankind's deepest yearnings for broth-erhood and community, a love worth dying for, and valor, honor, and chivalry.
Elizabeth J. Bryan is associate professor of English at Brown University. She is the author of Collaborative Meaning in Medieval Scribal Culture: The Otho LaZamon.
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Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1982. Hard Cover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition Thus. First Printing. 1st Signed Limited Collector's Edition (Copy Number 83 of an edition of only 250 numbered copies). Fine in quarter leather and marbled boards, with gilt edges and satin marker ribbon, in a clear glassine overlay, laid-into a matching leather slipcase. Signed by the editor, R. M. Lumiansky, on the limitation page. Illustrated with color reproductions of medieval manuscripts. A handsomely produced edition. "The greatest English version of the stories of King Arthur, Le Morte D'Arthur, was completed in 1469-70 by Sir Thomas Malory, "knight prisoner. " This edition is the first designed for the general reader based on the "Winchester manuscript, " which represents what Malory wrote more closely than the version printed by William Caxton in 1485. Extensively annotated, this edition is highly user-friendly. [Gaines A27]. . Both the volume and matching slipcase are in perfect, unmarked condition. AS NEW/AS NEW (slipcase). Color Illustrations. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. xi, 750 pp. Signed by Editor. Seller Inventory # 1426
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Limited edition. 8vo. 750pp. One of 250 signed and numbered copies specially bound. Leather like spine, gilt spine titles, marbled paper boards, decorative end papers, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, printed in two colors throughout. A fine copy in publisher's slipcase. Seller Inventory # 20201