1912 Morte D'Arthur
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Colour Plates, Early Edition, First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
A scarce edition of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'Morte d'Arthur', with fully illustrated and illuminated pages throughout from accomplished illuminator and calligrapher Alberto Sangorski.
Written as early as the spring of 1835, this poem was a retelling of the Thomas Malory's Romance about the legend of King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table. Detailing the death of the King, and response of his loved ones, it serves also as an allegorical work depicting the grief experienced by Tennyson at the death of his great friend, Arthur Hallam.
The man responsible for this beautiful edition, Alberto Sangorski, was the elder brother of luxurious bookbinder Francis Sangorkski, of Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Alberto Sangorski himself began work for British bookbinder Riviere in 1910.
In the publisher's original paper covered boards. Light discolouration to the boards, with some marks. Paper covering spine to tail of spine is detached at front joint, though firm at rear joint. Bumping to head and tail of spine. Pages are bright and clean.
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