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Edition - First Thus
Published - J.M. Dent and Co.
Original parts, in original card covers - Part One - 1-96pp; Part Two - 97-176pp; Part Three - 177-272pp; Part Four - 273-352pp; Part Five - 353-432pp; Part Six - 433-455pp, , lxiv; Part Seven - 457-552pp; Part Eight - 553-648pp; Part Nine - 649-728pp; Part Ten - 729-808pp; Part Eleven - 809-904pp and Part Twelve - 905-990pp, , lxv-xc. Original printed card wrappers, with pictorial designs by Beardsley to upper panels, presented in the publishers cloth cases with Beardsley's foliate designs to upper cover and spine, with printed label tipped in to Part Twelve, noting that 'for the convenience of those Subscribers who have taken the work in parts as issued, Messrs. J.M. Dent and Co. supply their specially designed case for binding at 3s. per volumes, and they will undertake the binding of the parts at 4s. 6d. per volume'. Covers chipped to edges and several chipped to spine ends, slight loss to fore-edge of Part One, but without any significant loss, front cover of Part One browned, internally some light browning as usual, but generally quite bright and clean. One of one thousand five hundred ordinary paper sets, with two photogravure frontispieces and eighteen full page illustrations by Beardsley. Each volume now preserved in a modern cloth chemise and presented together in a modern, morocco backed, cloth drop back box with raised bands with the title and author in gilt to spine (the fourth panel of the box with a light stain). Uncommon in parts, this was Beardsleys first commissioned work and the Malory drawings have been described as his "strongest illustrations" (The Artist and the Book 1860-1960). Artist and the Book:16; Gallatin, page 33; Life 'text is modernized in spelling and punctuation and is based on the 1817 Southey edition', Life 124