ROMANCE OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE, Abridged From Malory's Morte D'Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard

Rackham, Arthur illus.]

Published by New York The Macmillan Company 1917, 1917
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AN INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY, SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM AND WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY THE ARTIST DATED 1917 IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION. FIRST EDITION, American Issue. Beautifully illustrated with 16 colour plates with tissue guard captions, 7 full page line drawings, and 63 in-text illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Thick 8vo, publisher’s original green-black cloth attractively lettered and pictorially decorated in gilt on the upper cover and the spine. In the scarce white paper dustjacket, colour illustrated and lettered in black. Now housed in a very fine velvet lined clamshell box with brick morocco backing and corner-pieces, the spine with raised bands gilt and blind ruled and stippled, and with gilt lettering and gilt floral devices in the compartments. xxiv, 517, [vi] pp. A wonderful copy, the text spotless and plates all pristine, the dark cloth with no wear or fading, a little shaking to the upper inner hinge, the rare dustjacket complete and fresh with only light expected mellowing to the white cloth and a bit of edge rubbing with very small corner chips. A HIGHLY IMPORTANT COPY, WITH A VERY NEAT, SPONTANEOUS, AND YET CAREFULLY EXECUTED ORIGINAL PEN AND INK DRAWING BY ARTHUR RACKHAM. He has penned here a highly bemused appearing court jester standing beside his presentation inscription - "To THE Framptons / with kindest regards / & best wishes / Arthur Rackham / Christmas 1917" The text is Alfred Pollard's abridgment, an extremely well-written and highly entertaining rendition of Sir Thomas Malory’s the Morte d’Arthur. Pollard points out in his introduction that Mallory himself was the first to abridge the original Arthurian romances. Pollard in turn attempted to cull further the many repetitions found in Mallory. The result is this readable edition of the classic tales of King Arthur. Rackham’s colour and black and white illustrations bring to life the gallantry and excitement of the Arthurian romances. He portrays Sir Launcelot fighting the evil dragon, Tristam and Isoud drinking the love drink together, Arthur in the heat of battle drawing his sword Excalibur for the first time, and Queen Guenever riding on her horse through the groves of Westminster. The well-known stories of magic, danger, and heroism are magnificently depicted in Rackham’s illustrations. The Romance of King Arthur was one of Rackham’s war-time commissions. He turned to Beardsley’s Morte Darthur for inspiration in commencing his illustrations and many similarities in style and layout can be found. "Rackham’s work became balm for wounded soldiers, as one mother wrote: ‘I am urged to write to you by my son who is wildly fond of your work: and when he was getting better from very bad wounds received near Ypres, your illustrations of Books were his great joy and delight.’"-Hamilton. Bookseller Inventory # 27231

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Publisher: New York The Macmillan Company 1917

Publication Date: 1917

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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