Story of Elayne, The; The Fair Maid of Astolat

A Very Early Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
In the Style of T. Cobden Sanderson

[SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders]. MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Story of Elayne. The Fair Maid of Astolat. Guildford: The Astolat Press/A. C. Curtis, 1903.

First Astolat edition. Octavo (6 3/4 x 4 1/8 in; 173 x 106 mm). [4], 41, [1, colophpn] pp. Title page in black and red, with publisher's vignette in red. Rubricated initials. Acorn tailpieces.

Contemporary binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Boston bookseller C.E. Lauriat Co. in full antelope calf with double fillets and rectangular gilt panel with large floral and foliate gilt cornerpieces. Gilt lettering and ornaments to spine. Gilt-ruled turn-ins.

From the Oakleaf series of Astolat Press, established in 1903 by A.C. Curtis, The Story of Elayne is excerpted from Malory's Mort D'Artur.

An unusual binding from generally extravagant Sangorski & Sutcliffe: simple, elegantly restrained, graceful and reminiscent of the arts and crafts-inspired style of T. Cobden-Sanderson's Doves Bindery. Item #02230

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