First Trade Edition[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. Abridged From Malory's Morte D'Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1917. First trade edition. Octavo (8 1/4 x 6 9/16 in; 210 x 168 mm). xxiv, 509, [1, blank] pp. Sixteen color plates with captioned tissue guards, including frontispiece and seven black and white plates. Seventy black and white illustrations.Publisher's dark blue cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt. Minimal rubbing to extremities, neat ink inscription "Xmas 1917" on front free end-paper, some very light foxing mainly on tissue-guards. A near fine copy."The Romance of King Arthur (1917) was another wartime book, commissioned, like the Allies' Fairy Book, to reflect - and cash in upon - the nations' mood of patriotism,and martial endevour. In preparing for the commission, Rackham turned to his own copy of Beardsley's Morte D'Arthur and, following the pattern of the Beardsley version, drew square and rectangular chapter headings to be set at irregular intervals up and down the page. As in Beardsley, these have a stark black and white appearance, though Rackham cannot resist the occasional wryly humorous touch such as a barking dog or a jester's head. The closest Rackham comes to Beardsley, however, is in his illustration of Sangreal, a flaming lidded chalice carried by an attenuated golden-haired white-robed maiden. This homage to Aubrey is based closely on Beardsley's own angel in The Achieving of the Sangreal, the frontispiece to Volume Two of Morte D'Arthur."(James Hamilton. Arthur Rackham. A Biography. pp.111-112).Latimore and Haskell, p. 47. Riall, p. 130. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of ...
Publisher: London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1917.
Publication Date: 1917
Book Description Weathervane Books, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. slight dust jacket wear, Bookseller Inventory # 1710210183
Book Description Weathervane Books, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0517231360
Book Description Weathervane Books, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0517231360
Book Description The Macmillan Company, New York, 1917. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near fine. Rackham, Arthur (illustrator). Rackham, Arthur. Hardcover. Number 78 of 250 large paper copies. First American Edition. Near fine in full white leather boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Light rubbing to boards, else the binding is in fine condition. There are a few very light speckles of foxing to several pages, but most of the interior is pristine. There is a short closed tear to the edge of one tissue guard. Lengthy but sweet gift inscription from previous owner to front endpage. Includes 16 color plates with captioned tissue guards, 7 black and white plates, head and tailpieces, and other small decorations within the text. Housed in original brown paper covered box. The box is browned and worn along the joints with minor dampstaining and scuffing to front panel. The sides of the top of the box are no longer present. Includes laid-in facsimilies of several letters written by Rackham. 517 pages. LIT/030310. Bookseller Inventory # 23021