Legends of King Arthur (Complete in One Volume)
London: The Folio Society, 2000.
Illustrated by Roman Pisarev. First Edition Thus. Hardcover.
First Printing of the Folio Society edition. Edited and with an Introduction by Richard Barber; Illustrated by Roman Pisarev. This single volume contains all three parts which appear in the 3-volume Folio Society reprint editions (Arthur; Tristan; & The Holy Grail).
The text of this edition is selected and adapted from a variety of 20th century translations and collections. Set in Ehrhardt with Charlemagne display at The Folio Society. Printed in Great Britain by The Bath Press, Bath, on St. Paul's Wove paper and bound by them in quarter leather with cloth sides printed with a design by the artist. The lettering hand-drawn by John Andrew.
A collection of Arthurian legends culled from the medieval romances by Richard Barber. From the Editor’s introduction: “The image of Arthur has haunted the poets and writers of western Europe for nearly nine centuries, and there is no sign of an end to the reign of the ‘once and future king’ in the world of literature. The Arthurian epic is as popular a subject now as it was when it was first fashioned, and the stories about Arthur and the heroes associated with him come in a bewildering number of guises… What follows is an attempt, perhaps foolhardy, to present in a small space the variety of the legends…by presenting two tellings of each of the stories that has been chosen.“Very Fine. Item #901052
6-3/4 x 9-7/8”, one-quarter dark green textured morocco, gilt decoration and titles, pictorial gilt decorated green cloth over boards, green top-edge, green endpapers, 726pp, acknowledgements, further reading, tri-color frontis. illus. + 15 tri-color illustrations in text.
A crisp, bright copy, very fine in publisher's slip-case.