Morte Darthur Portfolio: Reproductions of Eleven Designs Omitted from the First Edition of Le Morte Darthur Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley ...
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Limited, 1927. Limited edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #23453
Thin 4to. One of 300 copies on handmade paper, this is copy No, 230. Leather spine, gilt; vellum boards,the upper board tooled in gilt with Beardsley's iconic water lily design.
A publisher's note is followed by a note on the designs by R. A. Walker, and note on Aubrey Beardsley by Aymer Vallance. The eleven omitted designs are followed by a reproduction of the Merlin illustration as well as a sketch for an unused cover design and the cover design used for the issued parts. Thus there are 14 designs in all.
This is a near fine copy with only a trace of soil and some yawning of the boards; it is free of the foxing that dogs this title. Scarce thus. The illustrations have offset to the facing pages as usual.
Gaines, A14 c.1.b.