- Full Description
Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, written in the 15th century, is the basis for the vast literature concerning King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Malory compiled, translated, and edited the tales from earlier French sources, and all later authors who added to Arthurian legend are indebted to his work. This handsome edition features 16 of Arthur Rackham's finest color illustrations, as well as additional Rackham drawings in black and white. Malory's text was edited for modern readers by English scholar Alfred W. Pollard.
Here are the original stories of the great warrior and gentleman Lancelot, the lovely and desired Guenevere, Sir Tristam and the effects of a love potion, King Arthur himself, always ready to brave any odds if the cause was a just one. Here is Merlin and the ladies of the lake, shut in a rock under a stone. Queen Morgan le Fay who stole the scabbard from Arthur. Sir Gareth and Sir Gwain's great battle, and the damosel Linet. Elaine and the begetting of Sir Galahad. Sir Galahad and the Quest for the Holy Grail. And of course, the famous tragedy of the love between Lancelot and Guenevere, queen to King Arthur, and Sir Gwaine's ghost, and the slaying of Mordred.
This is it, the original source material for so much that we know today as the legends of Camelot and the Round Table. This is where Hal Foster was inspired to create Prince Valiant, and where the poet Lord Tennyson created his famous Idylls of the King, his homage to Elaine, Guenevere, and the other characters. These became some of the most famous books illustrated by Gustave Doré beginning around 1869. Russell Flint illustrated them again as Le Morte d'Arthur in 1912. And on and on, just the list of translations and illustrated books and works influenced would fill a volume alone.
An essential treasury edition for any collector of Arthurian myths or Rackham enthusiast.
- Additional Information
Item Code ROKAH Publisher Calla Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781606600900 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 518 Color Text/Partial Color