Le Morte Darthur. The Birth Life and Acts of King Arthur of his Noble Knights of the Round Table.
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. ; MALORY, Sir Thomas (1894.)
Edited with an introduction by John Rhys and a note on the illustrations by Aymer Vallance Illustrated with 353 drawings by Beardsley, nearly all used more than once (some as many as six times). First Beardsley edition, issue in wrappers. 12 volumes, original pictorial wrappers. London: J.M. Dent & Co.
Beardsley's edition of Le Morte Darthur was one of the most astonishing arrivals of talent. It is effectively his first book commission, and is a tour de force of illustration, all produced before he was twenty years old. The publisher Dent, later described how it was "A new breath of life in English black and white drawing. Its chief feature was a wonderful balance in black and white, giving force and concentration as well as a sense of colour." (quoted by Zatlin) and Beardsley himself wrote at the time "William Morris has sworn a terrible oath against me for daring to bring out a book in his manner. The truth is that, while his work is a mere imitation of the old stuff, mine is fresh and original." (also quoted by Zatlin).
William Morris: "quite below contempt; absolutely nothing except an obvious desire to be done with the job."
A really excellent set, with some very slight chipping, and a very few repairs, but fresh and clean, in a stout modern folding box. Lasner, AB, 22.
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