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1893. An original drawing by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley (1872-1898) is the best known illustrator from the British 1890s. He lived a tragically short time, dying of tuberculosis at the age of 25. This lovely major work, the epitome of Beardsley's style of art nouveau, is for the spine of the binding cases of Sir Thomas Malory, Le morte Darthur, published by J. M. Dent, 1893-94, Beardsley's first important commission. The book's title (spelled incorrectly as "La Morte Darthur"), author, publisher, and date are included in the design, which is in fact drawn on four separate pieces of paper that have been adhered together. Malory's Le Morte Darthur, published by Dent has been described as incomparable. The same can be said of Aubrey Beardsley's beautiful and remarkable designs (a term he preferred to "illustrations"). Beardsley was only 20 years old when Dent commissioned him to do all of the designs for this work. It was a leap of faith by Dent in taking a chance o ... Read more

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  • Edition: Third Edition, one of 1600 copies
  • Book condition: Three quarter brown niger and patterned paper boards, spine gilt, original black cloth spine and upper cover with the Beardsley
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London: Dent, 1927. Third Edition, one of 1600 copies. With plates and numerous illustrations in text by Aubrey Beardsley. lvi, 538 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Three quarter brown niger and patterned paper boards, spine gilt, original black cloth spine and upper cover with the Beardsley designs bound in, t.e.g. by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Fine. Beardsley, Aubrey. Third Edition, one of 1600 copies. With plates and numerous illustrations in text by Aubrey Beardsley. lvi, 538 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Lasner 22C

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  • Edition: 1st edition thus
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London: Dent. 1893-1894. 1st ed thus., limited edition, complete in two volumes, quarto, original cream cloth boards with gilt decoration. Complete with all plates (20 plates, including 4 double page) by Aubrey Beardsley with his decorative designs throughout. Limited to 1,800 copies printed. Rubbed to edges, a little darkening to cloth as usual, split along upper spine of vol I and faint red line on front board, previous owner's bookplate front endpaper of both vols (anthropologist D'Arcy Ryan) with his ink signature front free endpaper vol.I, with an earlier pencil signature upper front paste-down vol.II 'H.T. Buckland, Nov. 1895' (likely the British architect Herbert Tudor Buckland), light foxing to endpapers but otherwise clean, uncut, top-edge gilt, very good condn. A landmark work in decorative books. The text is that printed by Caxton in 1485, in Southey's edition of 1817, and revised for this edition. Published in parts 1893-1894. Renowned for Beardsley's Art Nouveau illustrat ... Read more

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  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Book condition: Fine
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J.M. Dent, 1909. One of 1500 copies, in a modern decorative binding of green morocco leather with an inlaid frame of maroon leather embellished with inlaid dark blue leaves and vines to both upper and lower covers, three inlaid leather panels to spine, one with title, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Frontispiece, plus black and white details and plates throughout. Edges a bit dusty, otherwise a fine, handsome copy. . Second Edition. Full Leather. Fine. Illus. by Aubrey Beardsley. Quarto.

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London: J. M. Dent & Co, 1893. First edition in this format 1893 - 1894. This edition of Le Morte DArthur is limited to 350 copies on Dutch Hand Made paper and 1500 ordinary copies (of which this is one), after printing which the type has been distributed. Two matching volumes (Vol 1 1893, Vol 2 1894). Vol 1: xc, 455pp plus illustrations; Vol 2: vii, 456 - 990pp plus illustrations. Cloth boards with lavish gilt decoration to upper board and spine, gilt publisher's motif to lower boards. Top edge gilt. Iconic images by Beardsley. Vol 1 has 12 illustrations (including frontis), Vol 2 has 8 illustrations (including frontis) of these 5 are double-page. Numerous line drawings and decorations throughout the text. Very good condition with even wear to both volumes. Boards generally lightly soiled. Gilt bright. Some very slight ruckling to the large section of gilt at the lower reaches of the upper board of Vol 1. Both spines slightly darkened but equally so. Flamboyant signature of previous owner to both f ... Read more

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London: J M Dent & co, 1893-1894. First edition thus, complete in two hardback volumes, limited to 1500 sets. 8vo (25cm by 20cm), xc, 990pp. Illustrated throughout by Aubrey Beardsley, including 20 plates (correct as per list). Original grey cloth, gilt decoration to the spines and the front boards. Bindings a little rubbed and dusty, light stain to the rear board of volume 1, endpapers browned, bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume. Overall, this set is in good plus condition. This was Beardsley's first major work, and remains a classic of Art Nouveau book illustration.

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Book condition: Very Good
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London: J. M. Dent, 1893. First edition, limited to 1,500 copies. Volume One only (Includes Books 1-9), in extremely rare dust jacket. Published London: J. M. Dent, 1893. 4to., 8 1/2" x 10", lxiv + 455 pages, illustrated with full page plates, vignettes, borders, in-text decorations and cover design by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley's first major commission and a landmark of great illustrated books. Beardsley juxtaposed various traditional and contemporary styles with his own, and laid them down, side-by-side throughout the book. From elaborate and formal William Morris design elements to shocking eroticism and striking decadence - as in the case of the frontpiece plate of Arthur. Cream linen cloth with elaborate gilt design and fancy titles. Top edge gilting, 3-color ribbon marker bound in. Slight foxing to the cloth, endpapers toned along the perimeters, some wrinkling to the tissue guard at frontis, else very good, attractive; binding square and tight in rare, unrecorded dust jacket. We have bee ... Read more

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J.M. Dent, London., 1909. Second edition. pp liv, 624. Out of a total edition of 1500 copies this is one of 1000 issued in Great Britain. Introduction by John Rhys. Note on the Text by F.J. Simmons. Reprints Caxton's Preface, Introduction and Table or Rubrysshe of Contents. 20 full-page illustrations, chapter headings, borders, ornaments and other decorations by Aubrey Beardsley. Small quarto. Later binding by Bayntun of Bath of three-quarter green morocco with raised bands, gilt devices and rules to spine, green cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. One of the monuments of art nouveau book design, it includes ten illustrations not in the first two-volume edition of 1893. Beardsley was only twenty-one when he completed work on his masterpiece.Covers a little marked and rubbed at hinges. Corners a little rubbed. Free endpapers a little darkened and spotted. Pastedown a little spotted at edges. Very good.

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  • Edition: Second Beardsley edition. Limited to 1500 copies
  • Book condition: With slight wear and slight spotting to the cover gilt, actually quite a nice copy
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[London]: [J.M.Dent], 1909. Second Beardsley edition. Limited to 1500 copies. With slight wear and slight spotting to the cover gilt, actually quite a nice copy. Second Beardsley edition. Limited to 1500 copies. 4to. liv, 624p. Bound in green cloth with designs in gilt by Aubrey Beardsley on the upper cover and spine (as in the 1st and 3rd edition), t.e.g. Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley with 16 full-page and four double-page illustrations, 43 borders (some repeated), with ten additional chapter headings omitted from the first edition, initial letters, and ornaments (many repeated). We find this second edition harder to find than the first or third editions. Lasner 22B.

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  • Edition: First limited edition thus
  • Book condition: Very Good
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London: J.M. Dent, 1893. First limited edition thus. Half Morocco over Marbled Boards. Very Good. One of 1,800 copies that made up the original issue of this classic version of Morte D'Arthur. 4to. xc, 990 pp. Joints rubbed, with repairs in each volume. Some wear to red morocco besides. A tad of darkening to the spines. Still a handsome binding. The pages are age toned.

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Reproductions of Eleven Designs Omitted from the First Edition of Le Morte Darthur

BEARDSLEY, Aubrey, illustrator; MALORY, Sir Thomas; VALLANCE, Aymer, foreword

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London: J.M. Dent & Sons Limited, 1927. Beardsley's Supplemental Drawings for Le Morte Darthur: The Morte Darthur Portfolio [BEARDSLEY, Aubrey, illustrator]. [MALORY, Sir Thomas]. Reproductions of Eleven Designs Omitted from the First Edition of Le Morte Darthur, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley and published in MDCCCXCIII, also those made for the covers of the issue in parts and a facsimile print of the Merlin drawing. With a foreword by Aymer Vallance and a note on the omitted designs by Rainforth Armitage Walker. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Limited, 1927. First edition. Limited to 300 numbered copies on handmade paper (this being no. 82). Quarto (10 1/8 x 8 inches; 258 x203 mm.). 45, [1, blank], [1], [1, blank] pp. Fourteen black and white wood-engraved illustrations (including one mounted). Ornamental initials, borders, and head-pieces by Aubrey Beardsley. Original publisher's quarter tan calf over vellum bevelled-edge boards, with Beardsley's design stamped in gilt on front cover, ... Read more

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  • Book condition: Near Fine
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J.M. Dent, 1927. Edition of 1600 copies. Third Edition. Black cloth with front board and spine. Small spot restored at head of spine and the board corners lightly bumped, a well kept and very sttractive copy otherwise. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, board edges bevelled. Illustrated by Beardsley in black & white. . Hardcover. Near Fine. Illus. by Aubrey Beardsley. Quarto.

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  • Book condition: Very Good+ in Poor dust jacket
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E. P. Dutton / Dent. Very Good+ in Poor dust jacket. 1927. Hardcover. Note, title page text appears without punctuation. Third edition of this design limited to 1600 copies. Dent colophon on title page with Dutton shown as publisher on copyright page and spine. Small wrinkle to fabric on upper spine. Jacket is tattered and in two pieces but is a rare addition to the volume. This is a beautiful work with wonderful illustration. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 538 pages .

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  • Book condition: Fair
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J. M. Dent & Co., 1894. Book. Illus. by Beardsley Aubrey. Fair. Hardcover. Volume II only which contains books VIII to XI. Must be the superior edition as the dent logo block to the title page is coloured red but no edition page. Also page edges very deckled. Hand made paper. Covers look as they may be rebinds as they are not the decorative gilt cloth boards but plain buckram cloth covers. Back strip of spine is almost detached with heavy chipping. Covers quite tanned and marked. Corners bumped. Hinge cracked inside front cover. Gift inscription to front end paper. Pages 291-664. 5 full page illustrations (including frontis.) + 2 double page illustrations. Illustrations browned. Light foxing to a few pages. .

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London: J.M. Dent, 1927. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Original cream vellum with gilt floral decoration. Sheepskin spine titled in gilt. Limited edition of 300 numbered copies. This is no. 138. With a foreword by Aimer Vallance and a note on the omitted designs by Rainford Armitage Walker. Decorative woodcut initials. Contains the 11 chapter headings omitted from the first edition, the Merlin illustration, a (tipped in) sketch for a cover design that was not used and the cover design for the original issue in parts. 45,(2) pp. 26,5 x 21 cm. A very fine copy. .

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LE MORTE DARTHUR

MALORY SIR THOMAS:

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LONDON, FOLIO SOCIETY, 2003. LIMITED TO 1000 NUMBERED COPIES, THIS BEING NUMBER 991. A FACSIMILIE EDITION, ILLUSTRATED BY AUBREY BEARDSLEY, BOUND IN FULL BLACK GOATSKIN, GOLD-BLOCKED WITH THE DESIGN OF THE 1927 J M DENT EDITION. GILDING TO ALL EDGES, HAND-MADE PAPER, 624 PAGES, 11.75 INCHES BY 9 INCHES, HOUSED IN A MATCHING BLACK SOLANDER BOX, SEPARATE BOOKLET WITH AN ESSAY BY PROFESSOR A EDWARDS. A VERY FINE COPY.

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  • Book condition: Fair
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J. M. Dent & Co. Book. Illus. by Beardsley Aubrey. Fair. Hardcover. Volume III only which contains books XII to the end. Must be the superior edition as the dent logo block to the title page is coloured red but no edition page. Also page edges very deckled. Hand made paper. Covers look as they may be rebinds as they are not the decorative gilt cloth boards but plain buckram cloth covers. Back strip of spine missing. Covers quite tanned and marked. Corners bumped. Hinge broken inside front cover. inscription to front end paper. Pages 665-990. 3 full page illustrations (including frontis.) + 3 double page illustrations. Illustrations browned. Light foxing to a few pages. .

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  • Edition: Second edition
  • Book condition: Contemporary three quarter brown morocco, marbled boards and marbled endpapers. Teg. Near fine
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London: J.M. Dent, 1909. Second edition. Hardcover. Contemporary three quarter brown morocco, marbled boards and marbled endpapers. Teg. Near fine. Beardsley, Aubrey. 624 pages. 25.5 x 20 cm. Illustrated with 20 full page plates, including 2 from etchings and 18 from woodcuts (five are double-page) by Aubrey Beardsley with tissue-guards, plus approx. 280 woodcut chapter headers, initials, borders and ornaments throughout the text. Introduction by John Rhys. Note on Aubrey Beardsley by Aymer Vallance. Note on the designs omitted from the first edition by R. A. Walker. Caxton's Preface from the 1485 edition. Beardsley's first major work. An elaborately illustrated edition of Sir Thomas Malory's masterpiece in facsimile format from Caxton's 1485 typographic classic. Beardsley's illustrations to Le Morte d'Arthur are a mix of knights and fauns, swans, fantasy figures, all in his "fin de siecle" style. Limited edition, one of 1500. Original gilt decorated green wrappers bound-i ... Read more

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  • Book condition: very good
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London: Dent, 1927. hardcover. very good. Beardsley, Aubrey. Embellished with a profusion of original designs by Aubrey Beardsley. Introduction by Professor John Rhys. liv, 624 pages. Very thick 4to, rebound by Bayntun in 3/4 brown morocco over marbled boards (well-rubbed but sound and with dampstains at feet of covers). Uncut edges, t.e.g. London: J.M. Dent, 1909. Overall a very good copy, internally clean. This, the second edition of Le Morte D'Arthur with Aubrey Beardsley's designs, is limited to 1500 copies. It incorporates additional work, missed from the First Edition. Title on spine reads: "Le Morte d'Arthur".

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  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good binding
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Westminster: J. M. Dent, 1909. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. Second Edition of Le Morte Darthur with designs by Aubrey Beardsley; first issue complete in one volume; limited to 1500 copies. Collates complete with twenty engraved plates, of which five are double page. Beautifully engraved initials, borders, and illustrations throughout by Beardley. Altogether a delightful work. Provenance and editorial notations in pencil on the front endpaper, flyleaf, and a page of the introduction. Else no marks. Minor shelfwear. Faint foxing to endpapers, otherwise a bright textblock. Green cloth with lettering and elaborate decorations stamped in gilt, still bright. Top edge gilt. Very Good binding.

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