Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D'Arthur (Fat Arthur!) Illustrated & Signed by Anna-Marie Ferguson (Item#3680; $240)

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Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D'Arthur (Fat Arthur!) Illustrated & Signed by Anna-Marie Ferguson (Item#3680; $240)

1EPsonNY
Jun 16, 2:14pm

> We had a one volume black leather edition illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley), a brown leather two volume edition illustrated by Robert Gibbings and a four volume red leather edition illustrated by William Russell Flint. EP decided to surprise us again with more of the same, but illustrated this time around and signed by Anna-Marie Ferguson:

https://www.eastonpress.com/all-categories/signed-editions/sir-thomas-malory%E2%...

> What is your favorite EP King Arthur edition (inclusive of Howard Pyle)?

2wrenegade
Jun 16, 7:00pm

A single volume of 960 pages — how well would that hold up even if it just sits on a bookshelf? Seems like the text block would begin to sag before too long

3EPsonNY
Jun 16, 7:21pm

>2 wrenegade: Pfft, you have not seen thick :D:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/124599023878?hash=item1d02ae3906:g:PAUAAOSwcdJgwnFF

> On a more serious note, it seems EP does not take into consideration practical aspects of handling such behemoths. After all, regardless of whether they make their editions bigger or thicker, most of the time they end up as semi-sacred collectibles/investments or pieces of shelf decor rather than actual reading copies...

4Bob_Reader
Jun 16, 10:16pm

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5treereader
Jun 17, 1:22am

I don’t get it. Why? How is such a thick book more desirable than any of the multi-volume sets? “Because the illustrations” can’t be the answer, either, since EP could easily have made a new multi-volume set with these same illustrations.

6EPsonNY
Jun 17, 8:59am

>4 Bob_Reader: It seems to be a former Barnes & Noble 2004 edition - Complete & Unabridged - wrapped in leather and perhaps, or NOT, printed on thicker paper akin to Mabinogion. I have included some links below:

https://www.amazon.com/Morte-DArthur-Complete-Unabridged-Illustrated/dp/07607552...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/324679054346

https://www.ebay.com/itm/124687275323

> From the 2004 B&N dust jacket: "This classic Caxton text has at last been afforded the luxury of modern type-setting, rather than presenting us with yet another facsimile, and the editor's John Matthews knowledge has enabled many minor but important and long-recognised errors to be corrected and omissions to be reinstated."

7wrenegade
Jun 17, 10:17am

>6 EPsonNY: Thanks for this information. You can see in at least one of the ebay listings the text block pulling away from the binding, which I suspect would be a problem with the EP edition. It's one thing for that to happen to a $20 book, much different when it happens to a $240 book

8SF-72
Jun 17, 11:50am

Is the one volume black leather edition illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley abridged?

9jroger1
Editado: Jun 17, 12:01pm

>8 SF-72:
From “Notes From the Archives” that accompanied the book: “Our sumptuous offering is an authentic reproduction of the rare 1895 edition of Malory’s complete text, with its illustrations and decorations by the renowned English artist Aubrey Beardsley.”

10Bob_Reader
Jun 17, 5:34pm

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11jroger1
Jun 17, 6:47pm

>10 Bob_Reader:
I’m not sure what an “authentic“ illustration is, as art is very personal. I happen to prefer Beardsley to Gibbings, and I know I would like Russell Flint if I could justify buying a 4-volume set when I already own the other two. The new one looks good too. Then there is the popular 4-volume set written and illustrated by Howard Pyle, but it isn’t Malory’s text.

The legends have been told and re-told, compiled and re-compiled, so many times that there is no such thing as an accurate text. They are mostly or entirely fiction anyway. EP also published “The Once and Future King,” yet another re-telling, and Folio Society has published some of the earliest Arthurian legends from which Malory drew his story.

12SF-72
Jun 18, 7:09am

>9 jroger1:

Thank you. I thought I'd bought an unabridged edition, but with all the talk about several volumes and 900-page editions I was getting worried.

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