Malory, Sir Thomas,
THE BYRTH, LYF, AND ACTES OF KYNG ARTHUR;
OF HIS NOBLE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDE TABLE,
THEYR MERVEYLLOUS ENQUESTS & ADVENTURES ...
London, Longman, Hurst, 1817.
8vo volumes. (4), lxiii, (3), xxxix, (1) 383, (1);
(4) 495, (1) pp. Printed from Caxton's edition
of 1485. With an Introduction and Notes by
Robert Southey, the Poet Laureate of
First edition with Southey's notes. Each
volume with a large woodcut on the title
page showing a knight and a dragon.
Engraved gothic and figural
Contemporary binding of full near black
morocco, spines in six compartments with
raised bands, top edges gilt; gilt inner dentelles; marbled endpapers. Text blocks are
remarkably free of the usual foxing that dogs this edition. Neat bookplates in each
volume. A near fine set.
This is the ninth printing of Malory, after Caxton (1485), De Worde (1498 & 1529),
Copland (1557), East (ca. 1575), Stansby (1634) and two 12mo. editions in 1816. This
was the first modern text of Malory which attempted to recapture the text as it was first published by Caxton. All
contemporary advertisements indicate that this edition consisted only of 250 copies with 50 copies on large paper, though
there is some suggestion from notes in the publisher's books that as many as 1000 copies may have been printed. This is the
regular edition, still impressive at 10 inches, and a scarce and important printing.
LE MORTE D'ARTHUR PRINTED BY WILLIAM CAXTON 1485
London, The Scolar Press in association with the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976. Limited
edition. Thick 4to. Unpaginated. Publisher's linen cloth, leather lettering label in blind. One
of 500 numbered copies (this is number 353). Introduction by Paul Needham. This is a
facsimile of the Pierpont Morgan Library copy of Caxton's Morte d'Arthur, the only
surviving complete copy. (A nearly complete copy is housed at the Rylands Library and a
single leaf is at Lincoln Cathedral.)
The facsimile is preceded by a discussion of the watermarks in the Pierpont Morgan Library
copy and are reproduced by betaradiography.
A fine copy in publisher's utilitarian slipcase (which has a small corner bump). This
facsimile is your only opportunity to own the Caxton printing, barring the discovery of
another not institutionally owned original.