An Early Printing of Le Morte d'Arthur
[Sir Thomas Malory]. [Le Morte
d'Arthur]. The most ancient and famous history
of the renowned prince Arthur King of Britaine, wherein
is declared his life and death, with all his glorious battailes
against the Saxons, Saracens and pagans, which (for the honour of
his country) he most worthily atchieved. As also all the noble
acts, and heroicke deeds of his valiant knights of the Round Table.
Newly refined, and published for the delight, and profit of the
reader. London: William Stansby for Jacob Bloome, 1634.
Sixth edition overall of the most important and influential book
of Arthurian legend. Three parts in one small quarto volume.
Approximately 7 x 5.25 inches. Black letter text. Three separate
title-pages. Two (out of three) woodcut frontispieces depicting the
Knights of the Round Table. Bound in contemporary full brown calf,
boards double-ruled in black, four raised bands on spine. Binding
worn, spine chipped, text toned and somewhat soiled, with ink
notations and markings throughout. Final leaf missing lower (blank)
half with no loss of text. Bookplate residue on front free
endpaper. With the armorial bookplate of John Trotter. A very good
copy of this early edition of Le Morte d'Arthur. This was
the final edition to be published before the nineteenth-century,
with its text modified to suit Jacobean taste.
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