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28.

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.

Two large

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

England.

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

initials.

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.

Gaines, A9.

$3000

20208

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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.

Gaines A26.

$1750

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