The Noble and Joyous Book Entytled Le Morte Darthur,

Chelsea: At the Ashendene Press, (1913). Limited edition. Hardcover. One of 145 copies on paper. (There were 8 copies on vellum, according to the colophon.) Folio (15 3/4 x 11 inches; 400 x 280 mm.). xxii, 500 pp. Finely printed on a new make of Batchelor paper in red and black in Subiaco type, the chapter headings and shoulder notes in red, with initial letters designed by Graily Hewitt and printed in alternating red and blue. Two full-page woodcuts, one at the beginning and one at the end of the book, and twenty-seven smaller woodcuts by W.H. Hooper and J.B. Swain after designs by C.M. Gere and Margaret Gere.

Publisher's original full brown calf. Gilt-lettered spine with raised bands, board edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt. Joints rubbed from wear else, a near fine copy. Housed in a slipcase.

With bookplates of Thomas Edward & Catherine Hodgkin and M. L. Doolittle, and the Bookseller label of R. D. Steedman.

The Bibliography notes that there were also 2 copies on Japanese paper, which would bring the total printing to 155 copies.

'Printing and the Mind of Man' calls the Morte Darthur "the only true English epic; its matter is 'the Matter of England'".

Printing and the Mind of Man, 29; Gaines, A20; Ashendene Bibliography, XXVI.

. Near fine. Item #21039

Price: $12,500.00

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