London: Printed for J. Tonson at Shakespear’s-Head, over against Catherine-Street in the Strand, 1714. Hardcover. Very good. Item #17414
The fourth edition, revised, to which is added an Index explaining the names of countries, cities, rivers, &c. (24),341,(15)pp followed by 4pp publisher's catalogue. Bound to style in full calf tooled in a Cambridge design. Spine in five compartments with raised bands; red leather lettering label, gilt. Marbled endpapers. The title page is in the first state (no priority) without mention of Knapton and the other printers. Text block lightly age-toned, with occasional light foxing, else this is a very good copy in a fine binding. 'Prince Arthur' is one of the earliest of the Arthurian revivals. During the Commonwealth and thereafter stories of Kings and Queens were out of vogue. Even Malory's opus went unprinted for nearly 200 years, from 1634 until 1816. This edition of Prince Arthur is the fourth and last, and the first in small format. First published in 1695, it was instantly popular, and went through three editions by 1696. See Lowndes 211. ESTC T74304.