A PRE-RAPHAELITE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT: MORTE D’ARTHUR WITH 36 BEAUTIFUL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONSBY RUSSELL FLINT
MALORY, Thomas. Le Morte D'Arthur. The History of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table. London: The Medici Society, (1920). Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary full red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Early Medici Society edition of Malory’s masterful presentation of the Arthurian epic, illustrated with 36 lovely color plates after watercolors by W. Russell Flint and handsomely bound by Bayntun Riviere.
"From 1870 to 1940, the predominant influence on Arthurian illustration was Pre-Raphaelitism. Landscapes recreated with some botanical accuracy, neo-Gothic furnishings, bright colors, complexity of pattern and symbol and sensuously beautiful women were the illustrator's stock in trade. The most extensive pictorial cycle in this tradition was the series of 48 watercolors provided by W. Russell Flint for the Medici Society's deluxe Morte" (Lacy, 45), which first saw print in 1910. Of those watercolors, 36 appear in the present edition. Flint, who would be knighted in 1947, won a silver medal at the Paris Salon in 1913 for his Arthurian illustrations. This edition, with modernized spelling, also contains the preface by William Caxton, who first edited and printed Malory's classic in 1485. With index and glossary. See Ransom, Private Presses, 395.
A beautifully bound and illustrated pair of volumes.