London: J.M. Dent, 1893-1894. Hardcover. Good. Item #21-4810
Two volumes. Bound by Riviere & Son. 20/20 full page and many text illus. by Aubrey Beardsley, 9.5 x 7.5", covers gilt ruled with gilt circle in the corners, floral gilt paneled spines, raised band with gilt dots, gilt embellished black spine labels (two each), edges and inner dentelles highly gilt decorated, marbled endpapers, teg, other edges deckled, (I)-LXIV, (1)-456; (LXV)-XC, 457-(991). Volume I lacks one spine label and front cover is detached, the remaining outer hinges starting, corners worn, spine tips worn with a little loss of leather, spines darkened/dull/rubbed, spine labels chipped, covers have light scratches/wear, bookdealer tickets (The Sign Of The Mermaid) on the pastedowns, offsetting (from leather) to endpapers, scattered light foxing else very good condition. Textblocks tight. Robert Riviere was a bookseller and bookbinder who was renowned for the quality of his work. The book ticket "The Sign Of The Mermaid" was in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and sold rare books and antiques. Aubrey Beardsley was barely in his twenties when he received the commission to illustrate his first book, Malory's "Arthur". Sadly, he died only four years later from tuberculosis. This set is stunning but needs a bookbinder's help. "This edition of Le Morte D'Arthur is limited to 300 copies on Dutch Hand Made paper and 1500 ordinary copies, after printing which the type has been distributed". This is one of the 1500. FIRST EDITION.