Undoubtedly one of the most famous and best loved stories is that of King Arthur and his sword Excalibur..'The Romance of King Arthur'.
This fantastic 1917 issue of the adventures of Arthur is illustrated by the most collectible book illustrator of the late nineteenth and early 20th century..Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
The illustrations are, as would be expected..simply divine, and have a wonderful Pre-Raphaelite atmosphere, and the colors are superb.
Abridged from Thomas Malory's 'Mort d'Arthur' by Alfred W Pollard, and published by Macmillan and Company, Fifth Ave, New York, the book has 509 pages + a Glossary.
With 16 tissue guarded color plates and 7 full page black and white plates + many other scattered black and white drawings throughout...all by the wonderful Arthur Rackham, and all signed in the plate. It is in solid navy blue cloth boards, with gilt titles and embossed gilt vignette and lettering to front and spine.
There is a small printed book plate inside the front cover with the original owners name and address..Miss Linda Agnes Donald, 125 West Fifty-Eighth St, New York. And a pencil hand written notation on the book plate 'From Aunt Linda with Love' where she has passed it on to a member of her family to cherish.
The binding is solid with hand torn page edges, and the condition is very good.
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