New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1903-1910. First editions, first printings. Hardcover. Four 4to volumes, all in original mustard-color cloth with spines and upper boards blocked in black, red and gilt., With black and white illustrations by Howard Pyle. This is essentially a near fine set.
These titles have traditionally suffered cracked inner hinges because the textblock was too heavy for the binding structure. Here, the first two volumes have perfect inner hinges. The remaining two have had minor and nearly invisible repairs to the front inner hinges only. Overall this is a near fine set.
Pyle's quintessential treatment of King Arthur. "The books are lavishly decorated with Beardsleyesque headpieces, tail pieces, and full-page pen-and-ink drawings featuring enigmatic ladies, neo-Gothic furnishings and complexly patterned dress and armor."--so does Muriel Whitaker describe this set in the Arthurian Encyclopedia.
Gaines C-17, 19, 21 & 27.
. Near fine. Item #20949