London: The Medici Society Ltd., 1910 - 1911. First Edition. One of 500 sets produced on hand-made paper, in four volumes. Each volume rebound in an attractive design binding by Weitz Coleman of New York. Spines uniformly toned to gray, each volume with an illustration on the front board inlaid. Internal contents are generally in Fine condition. Complete with all 48 mounted color plates. The text follows Caxton's translation, modernized by Alfred W. Pollard. A handsome set.
Malory translated and compiled the legends of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Sir Gawain, and the Knights of the Round Table, using numerous French and English sources. His work was first published in 1485 by William Caxton, the first English printer. It proved immensely popular and became the basis for the countless retellings and adaptations throughout the next five centuries (with a few periods of silence, namely 1634 - 1816). We can think of no other collection of stories that have more fully captured the imagination and passion of the English people than the Arthurian legends. This particular set provides exceptional illustrations of Malory's characters, capturing for the reader the vibrant heroism and romance of Arthurian legend. Near Fine (Item #2453)