BEARDSLEY, AUBREY VINCENT. 1872-1898. Malory, Thomas, Sir. fl 1470.  Le Morte D'Arthur. London: J.M. Dent & Co, 1893-94.

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BEARDSLEY, AUBREY VINCENT. 1872-1898.
Malory, Thomas, Sir. fl 1470.
Le Morte D'Arthur. London: J.M. Dent & Co, 1893-94.

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BEARDSLEY, AUBREY VINCENT. 1872-1898.
Malory, Thomas, Sir. fl 1470. Le Morte D'Arthur. London: J.M. Dent & Co, 1893-94. 12 original parts. 4to (245 x 190 mm). Full-page plates, illustrations, decorated letter initials, wrappers and head and tail-pieces after Aubrey Beardsley. Original blue-gray pictorial wrappers printed in brown, margins of upper corners of part 1 torn with loss, other wrappers lightly discolored at edges and with chipping to the margins, spines slightly rucked and chipped. Custom green cloth box.
Provenance: C.E Flemming (contemporary signature on upper right corner of first 3 parts, the second part with inscribed date "Sept 1893"); Robert and Donna Jackson (book label).

BEARDSLEY'S MORTE D'ARTHUR IN THE RARE PARTS ISSUE. Published when he was only 21 years old, King Arthur was hi first illustrated book and began what has been called the "Beardsley period" in illustration. Gordon Ray has said simply, "The Malory drawings are his strongest illustrations" (The Artist and the Book 16).
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