4 volumes. LIMITED FIRST EDITION, and one of only 500 numbered copies on Riccardi handmade paper, with the publisher's rare 4pp. advertisement. Beautifully illustrated with 48 tipped-in color plates after watercolors by W. Russell Flint. Exquited pictorially decorated title-page to each volume printed in blue and black and with fine designed capitals and initials throughout. 4to, a probably unique set, presented in very fine signed bindings by Sangorski and Sutcliffe of full white vellum, the covers framed with gilt fillet border lines and featuring a central gilt tool of the British Royal Lion, the spines with gilt stippled raised bands creating compartments framed with a gilt rule, two compartments lettered in gilt, gilt ruled edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers and a.e.g. Each volume with a protective cardboard slipcase. xx, 168; xvi, 179; xvi, 208; xvi, 200, glossary. An extremely fine set, especially so, with virtually no evidence of age whatsoever to either the text or vellum, essentially pristine. FIRST EDITION WITH THE FLINT ILLUSTRATIONS AND A SUPERB SET IN FULL VELLUM BY SANGORSKI AND SUTCLIFFE. Surely one of the finest editions of Malory's great Morte D'Arthur. The beautiful watercolours of Russell Flint, combined with fine typography and paper make a remarkable impression. The slipcases have insured that these volumes have remained in the finest condition. "Then to proceed forth in this said book, which I direct unto all noble princes, lords and ladies, gentlemen or gentlewomen, that desire to read or hear read of the noble and joyous history of the great conqueror and excellent king, King Arthur, sometime king of this noble realm, then called Britain; I, William Caxton, simple person, present this book following, which I have enprised to imprint: and treateth of the noble acts, feats of arms of chivalry, prowess, hardiness, humanity, love, courtesy, and very gentleness, with many wonderful histories and adventures." - from Caxton s preface. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: MORTE DARTHUR: The Book of King Arthur and ...
Publisher: London Philip Lee Warner for the Medici Society 1910-1911
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