by FLINT, W. Russell | RICCARDI PRESS | MALORY, Thomas |
1910-11. With Forty-Eight Colored Plates by William Russell FlintFLINT, W. Russell, illustrator. MALORY, Thomas. Le Morte Darthur. The Book of King Arthur and of His Noble Knights of the Round Table. London: The Riccardi Press. Philip Lee Warner Publisher to the Medici Society, 1910-11. Limited to 500 copies, this being copy numbers 273 & 366 & 134. Four quarto volumes (9 7/8 x 7 1/2 in; 251 x 189 mm). [5, blank], [1, limitation], iii-xx, 168, [1, colophon], [1, blank], [1, printer's vignette], [5, blank]; [5, blank], [1, limitation], iii-xvi, 179, [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank], [1, printer's vignette], [5, blank]; [5, blank], [1, limitation], iii-xvi, 208, [1, colophon], [1, blank], [1, printer's vignette], [5, blank]; [5, blank], [1, limitation], iii-xvi, 212, [1, colophon], [1, blank], [1, printer's vignette], [5, blank] pp., on hand-made paper with the Riccardi watermark. Mounted color frontispieces (4) with captioned tissue guards, forty-four mounted color plates with captioned tissue guards. Title page engraving after the design of M. Engall. Handsomely bound by Bayntun (Rivière), ca. 1930 in full royal blue crushed levant morocco, covers with double gilt rule, spines with five raised bands, lettered in gilt and decoratively tooled with Arthurian crowns, all edges gilt, decorative gilt turn-ins, cockerel endpapers. Spines a little faded, otherwise a near fine set. Housed in the original? blue cloth slipcase.Imprinted after the text of William Caxton as modernized, under the editorship of Alfred W. Pollard, by the Riccardi Press.Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement and by the stylized neoclassical art of the Renaissance, W[illiam]. Russell Flint (1880-1969) was educated at the Royal Institute of Art, Edinburgh. He began his career on the staff of Illustrated London News 1903-1907 but "from this period onwards turned increasingly to watercolour, particularly for the illustration of colour books. He was strongly influenced by the illustrations of Rip Van Winkle by Arthur Rackham and between 1905 and 1924 produced a whole series of brilliant luxury editions for the Riccardi Press of the Medici Society. His figures are finely modeled and contain elements of a Burne-Jones influence by way of Byam Shaw" (Houfe). His illustrations for the Medici Society/Riccardi Press editions of The Greek Heroes, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and the volume under notice are considered to be his best and most beautiful work.Ransom, Private Presses, p. 395, no. 3. Tomkinson, p. 149, no. 3. Houfe, Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, p. 306. (Inventory #: 03068)
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