3 volumes. The Joseph Haslewood edition. 3 engraved titles, 4 engraved plates (1 folding). 24mo, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt lettering with gilt rules and decorations to the spines, marbled endleaves. xxiv, 326 pp; 331 pp; 384 pp. An attractive set of this rare book, internally fresh, normal wear to the bindings which were sometime rebacked. VERY RARE EARLY PRINTING OF MALORY AND ONE OF ONLY A FEW DONE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. There were two editions of Malory's classic work dated 1816 and they were considered the first editions of Malory that had been printed since the 1600's--only 42 years later, both editions were already considered rare. This edition is understood to have been edited by Joseph Haslewood and differs from the Stansby edition. The story of King Arthur and his brave knights is one of the most durable legends in world literary history. Malory translated the story from "a French book" in the fifteenth century and it continues to be printed today. This particular edition was one of the first to reprint William Caxton’s publication of Malory’s translation: "page for page, line for line, word for word, and with a few exceptions. letter for letter." Such a close study of Malory is valuable in that "Malory is interesting not alone to the archaeologist of words and manners: he has exercised an abiding influence over the subject-matter of English literature and over the technical forms of English prose.". Bookseller Inventory #
Title: MORT D’ARTHUR THE MOST ANCIENT AND FAMOUS ...
Publisher: London R. Wilks 1816
Book Description R. Wilks, London, 1816. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First edition thus in half leather binding with marbled boards.Hardback Three volumes. 326 pp. + 381pp. + 377pp. Engraved frontispiece in each volume including the folding plate of the Round Table in Volume ! (creased but comlete and in Good condition) with engraved vignettes on title pages of Volumes 2 and 3 Marbled boards rubbed and minor cracking of hinges. Engravings foxed but contents lagely unaffected and Very Good. Good condition overall. Scarce. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 41644
Book Description R. Wilks, London, 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. Bookseller Inventory # 715