“IT IS THE ONLY TRUE ENGLISH EPIC”: MALORY’S LE MORTE DARTHUR, HANDSOMELY BOUND
MALORY, Thomas. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table. London: Macmillan, 1909. Small octavo, contemporary full red polished calf gilt, raised bands, black morocco spine label, marbled endpapers and edges.
Later edition of Sir Thomas Malory’s definitive recounting of the Matter of Britain—the telling of Arthurian legend against which all others must be measured—handsomely bound in a full calf-gilt prize binding of the Uppingham School.
"The Morte d'Arthur is the most famous version and the first in English prose of all the legends which have been collected about King Arthur. It is the only true English epic… Each century has produced its own version of the Arthurian tapestry, but Malory's will never be forgotten" (PMM 29). This edition, part of Macmillan's "Library of English Classics," first published 1868. Handsomely bound by Hatchards. Gilt centerpiece on front cover of the Uppingham School, a prestigious British boarding school founded in 1584. Later bookplate; dealer booklabel on rear pastedown.
Closed tear to half title, a few minor scuffs. About-fine condition, a lovely volume.