London: J.M. Dent & Sons Limited, 1927. Item #04588
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, 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, spine lettered in gilt. Plain white endpapers, top edges gilt, others uncut. Covers minimally bowed, as usual.
A fine copy.
A lovely copy of this portfolio, which was published for owners of the deluxe three-volume edition of Beardsley’s Le Morte Darthur; the drawings included here were incorporated into the text of the third edition of Le Morte Darthur, also published in 1927.