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Le Morte D'Arthur

Malory, Sir Thomas

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ISBN 10: 1850070911 / ISBN 13: 9781850070917
Published by B. Mitchell, Toronto, 1985
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Large, heavy book; no international orders. Full black cloth binding, very slightly rubbed at spine ends. Clean, tight, square and unmarked. lv, 538pp. Aubrey Beardsley illustrations in black-and-white throughout. Dust jacket, with some very slight rubbing, offered in new mylar cover. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 028580

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Title: Le Morte D'Arthur

Publisher: B. Mitchell, Toronto

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Beardsley, Aubrey

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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Le Morte d'Arthur (originally spelled Le Morte Darthur, Middle French for “the death of Arthur”) is a reworking of traditional tales by Sir Thomas Malory about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. Malory interprets existing French and English stories about these figures and adds original material (e.g., the Gareth story). Le Morte d'Arthur was first published in 1485 by William Caxton, and is today perhaps the best-known work of Arthurian literature in English.Most of the events in the book take place in Britain and France at an unspecified time. (The historical events on which the legend is based took place in the late 5th century, but the story contains many anachronisms and makes no effort at historical accuracy.) In some parts, the story ventures farther afield, to Rome and Sarras (near Babylon), and recalls Biblical tales from the ancient Near East.

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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 Ferguson

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