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1 Ashe, Geoffrey. FROM CAESAR TO ARTHUR.
London Collins 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good- 
320 p, 8 1/2" H. "(A) study of the life and career of the historical King Arthur in so far as it can be traced through early documents and remains. (The author) begins with the decay of Roman power and its slow disappearance from Britain, while invasion, anarchy and warring small kingdoms take its place. Then comes a reversal of fortune without parallel in the dissolving Empire, when a western Christian military chieftain stems the Saxon tide and imposes a long truce. In this unique recovery, it is suggested, lies a previously unnoticed clue to the whole development of the British monarchy. The kingdom finally created by Alfred the Great and his successors turns out to have been decisively affected by the earlier achievement of Arthur and the failure of the first Saxon attempt at conquest. Piecing together his fragments of history to form the most vivid possible whole, Mr. Ashe explains how the great tradition of Arthur flowed into the Arthurian Legend, and shows how that legend, fantastic and romantic as it is, nevertheless embodies a profound historical insight." Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, moderate browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny and small edge tears, a few tiny scuffs on spine, minor edge browning, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2001, first British edition. 
376 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297607723 "(T)races the story across the Protestant-Catholic divide of the sixteenth century as the struggle to complete a vernacular Bible was fought among competeing factions. As ( the author) tells in his enthralling history it was the culmination of centuries of work by various translators and a committee of scholars who in 1604 were brought together to collaborate on what became known as the King James version. Their t r a n s lation - substantially based on the work of John Wycliffe and William Tyndale and others - shaped English literature and speech for centuries giving us what have become such commonly used expressions as: 'labour of love', 'a thorn in the fle sh ', ' th e root of all evil', 'the fat of the land', 'the sweat of thy brow', 'to cast pearls before swine' and 'the shadow of death' among a host of others. (This book) shows the profound effect the English Bible had on law and society. By giv ing ev ery li terate person access to the sacred text it helped to foster the spirit of inquiry through reading and reflection. Once individuals were free to interpret the word of God according to the light of their own understanding, they began to q uest ion the authority of their inherited institutions, both religious and secular. This led to the reformation within the Church, the rise of constitutional government in England and ultimately the end of the divine right of kings. In Benson Bobr ick's vie w th e English Civil War was fought in the light (and shadow) of such ideas, culminating in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. 'The Making of the English Bible' is about a crucial epoch in the history of Christianity, about the Engli sh lan guage and s ociet y, and about a book that changed the course of human events." Minor indentation on rear board, a few very small bumps (one with tiny tear) at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of hinges and fl ap-fold s, one tiny tear a rchivally taped, tiny corner crease at top corner of front flap. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
London J.M. Dent & Sons 1931 Hard Cover Very Good - Good- Dora Curtis. 
127 pp, 7 1/8" H. 8 colour plates, including frontiespiece (collated), plus b&w drawing at the top of each chapter beginning. Contents: Introduction; The Coming of Arthur; Of the Finding of Excalibur; Of the Treachery of Queen Morgan le Fay; Of the Birth of Sir Tristram; The Magic Potion; How Sir Tristram rescued the Fair Isolt; The Adventures of Gawain and Gareth; The Adventures of Geraint; The Coming of Sir Galahad; How Sir Galahad won the Red Cross Shield; The Adventures of Sir Launcelot and the End of the Quest; How Mordred plotted against Sir Launcelot; The Trial of the Queen; How King Arthur and Sir Gawain went to France; The Morte D'Arthur; The Death of Sir Launcelot and of the Queen. Light browning to pages and edges of text block, two thirds of page 46 has moderate browning due to old newspaper clipping, one page leaf with small corner crease, very light edge wear to boards, minor soiling on rear board. Dust jacket has light soiling, moderate browning on spine - light browning elsewhere, several tiny and small edge chips/tears, light to moderate edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
London Aldine Hard Cover Good Fair H.S. Greig. 
172 pp, 7 1/2" H. Red boards with black lettering/illustration on spine and front board. Colour frontispiece, b&w illustrations. No date, but Xmas greetings on free front endpaper dated 1936. "The stories that follow are taken from Sir Thomas Malory's 'Morte D'Arthur', the great collection of romances about King Arthur which was written in the fifteenth century, and printed first of all by Caxton. Scholars say that Arthur was a British hero, one of the leaders of the Britons against the English invaders in the sixth century. In course of time legends centred round his name in the memory of the defeated race. To the original stories the Middle Ages added others, some of which belonged to later heroes, and, finally, these were combined with various legends of the Christian Church about the finding of the Holy Grail, the cup from which Christ is said to have drunk at the Last Supper with His disciples. Thus we get the beautiful cycle of romances which shines in the pages of Malory's great book. This version has been written for younger children. As far as possible the old-world style of Malory's narrative has been preserved, while the stories chosen are those which seem to present a message to youth." Contents: Introduction; The Sword in the Stone; King Arthur sees a Strange Knight; The Sword Excalibur; Balin, the Poor Knight; The Invisible Knight; The Battle of the Brothers; The Table Round; The Merciful Knight; The Death of Merlin; King Arthur and Accolon; The Lady of the Lake; The Marvellous Giant; The Two Giants; The Disguised Knight; The Shipwreck of Sir Lamorak; Launcelot and the Dragon; Sir Bors in the Castle Adventurous; Sir Gawaine's Rescue; The Knight with the Ugly Coat; Sir Tristram and King Mark; The Story of Sir Alisander; When Sir Launcelot was Mad; Seeking the Holy Grail; Sir Galahad's Shield; Sir Launcelot and the Holy Grail; Sir Percivale and the Lion; The Holy Grail is Seen; Fed by the Holy Grail; The Death of Sir Galahad; The Poisoned Apple; The Lady of Astolat; End of the Table Round; The Death of Arthur. Light to moderate edge wear, 1" tear at bottom of front hinge, book is slightly cocked, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light fading at top edge of spine, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, wrinkling on frontispiece near gutter. Dust jacket has edge tears and chips, creases on front panel, rubbing/soiling on rear panel - light rubbing elsewhere, slight fading to spine color, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
HELL-RAISERS OF HISTORY., Emmons, Earl H.  Illustrated by Herb Roth.
5 Emmons, Earl H. Illustrated by Herb Roth. HELL-RAISERS OF HISTORY.
Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, New York, 1948. 
92 pp, including colophon, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover (patterned paper-covered boards with title block on spine) in slipcase with pictorial title label on front. B&w illustrations. A collection of humorous verse. Contents: Jupiter - He Had Wom en on His Mind; Ulysses - His Heart Was True to Helen; Samson - He Just Didn't Like Philistines; David - Magnificent Sinner; Lancelot - Chivalry Should Begin at Home; Villon - Victim of Necessity; Bluebeard - Neatness Is Next to Godliness; H e n r y V I I I - Monarch of Marital Marathon; Cyrano - Fortune's Fabulous Phoney; D'Artagnan - Gascon Glamour Boy; Ben Franklin - America's Gift to Mankind; Casanova - Great Lover; Gasparilla - Pious Pirate; Geronimo - Juggernaut of Justice; Des pe ra te D es m on d - An Amatory Washout. Small area of soiling on either side of spine (due to handling when taking book out of slipcase), light browning to spine. Slipcase has light rubbing, light browning/darkening to edges, very light soilin g. Ve ry Goo d/V er y G oo d- 
Price: 22.50 USD
Lancelot Press, Windsor, Nova Scotia, 1973. 
132 pp, 8vo (8 1/16" H), card covers. "....the remarkable story of Joseph Howe (1804-1873), one of the greatest men (Nova Scotia) has ever produced." Contents: The Young Journalist; Mild Tory Turned Reformer; Lips Touched With Fire; The Path to E minence; The Question of Questions. Interior - a few pages with tiny corner creases, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small sticker mark on rear cover, minor edge wear, slight fading to spine color. Ver y G o o d 
Price: 15.00 USD
Prospero 1998 0886653584 / 9780886653583 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
96 pp, 9 1/4" H. Pictorial endpapers, many b&w and colour reproductions, decorations. "The enigma of Guinevere, a beautiful and courageous queen or a disgraced adulteress, has received less attention than the achievements of King Arthur, the adventures of noble Sir Lancelot and other knights, the magic of Merlin, or the sorcery of Morgan Le Fay. A key figure in the life of Camelot, this remarkable woman is seen variously as a scholar, seductress, warrior and gentle beauty by the countless artists and writers who have depicted her. Who, then, was Guinevere? (This) is an elegant anthology of poetry and prose, literature and legend, with commentary by Arthurian scholar Andrea Hopkins, accompanied by beautiful illustrations from medieval manuscript illumination to pre-Raphaelite masterpieces. An enlightening introduction describes the contradictory traditions of Celtic oral sources and the blending of these strands by medieval writers into the complex legend we know know. Guinevere's roles - as educated scribe to the court, hapless victim of circumstances, wise counsellor, devoted wife of King Arthur, and lover of Sir Lancelot - are explored through writings through the centuries by detractors and admirers alike." Very light edge wear, Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, light fading to spine color. 
Price: 12.50 USD
INDEX TO FAIRY TALES, 1978-1986.  INCLUDING FOLKLORE, LEGENDS, AND MYTHS IN COLLECTIONS.  FIFTH SUPPLEMENT., Ireland, Norma Olin and Sprug, Joseph W., compilers.  Foreword by Peggy Sullivan.
8 Ireland, Norma Olin and Sprug, Joseph W., compilers. Foreword by Peggy Sullivan. INDEX TO FAIRY TALES, 1978-1986. INCLUDING FOLKLORE, LEGENDS, AND MYTHS IN COLLECTIONS. FIFTH SUPPLEMENT.
Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, N.J., 1989. 
575 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover (red cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket (as issued). "This work is a supplement to two previous indexes - 'Index to Fairy Tales, 1949-1972', and 'Index to Fairy Tales, 1973-1977' - and covers the period 1978-1987. A total of 261 titles (collections only) have been indexed, selected on the basis of availability and favorable reviews in professional journals. Arrangement is alphabetical, primarily by title and subject; autho r entries have been included only when an author is specifically listed in a collection. More than 2,700 subject headings have been used, not including cross-references." Slight bump at top corners of boards, light wrinkling at top of spine, ve r y minor edge wear. Very Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
THE AGE OF ADAM., Lees-Milne, James.
9 Lees-Milne, James. THE AGE OF ADAM.
London B.T. Batsford 1947 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
184 pp, 9" H. B&w and colour plates, including frontispiece, b&w floor plans. "James Lees-Milne sets out to show of what the work of Robert Adam and his three brothers really consisted, from what sources it was derived, what contemporary architects were affected by it, and what its influence was overseas. Using information from letters, diariees and records of the times, some of it hitherto unpublished, (he) traces the biographies of the Brothers Adam from their beginnings in Scotland to their eventual position as the most fashionable and influential architects and designers in Britain. He then proceeds to a critical examination of their work in England, Scotland and Ireland - their town houses and country houses, squares and terraces, ceilings, furniture and monuments. Next, there is an assessment of the work of the Adam's contemporaires and rivals, among them Wyatt, Taylor, Holland and Leverton; and a succeeding section deals with the Adam influence as it spread to Ireland, America, Russia and Sweden. A final chapter gives a short account of the lives and individual contributions of the Adams' collaborators - artists and craftsmen such as Chippendale, Angelica Kauffmann, Zucchi, Joseph Rose and Biagio Rebecca. Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, three light edge/corner bumps. Dust jacket has browning at top edge of flaps, light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, several very small tears at top of spine, very small red ink stain on front panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
London Folio Society 1990 Third impression. Hard Cover Very Good+ Edward Bawden. 
292 pp, 348 pp, 262 pp, 9" H. Red, dark and medium blue three-volume slipcase, with series title on fore edge and designs by Edward Bawden. Bound in full blue cloth, spine titling/decoration in gold, design in red and gold on front board by Bawden; red endpapers. Each volume contains a half-title page and frontispiece linocut by Bawden and there are over sixty smaller linocuts throughout the set. "The text is based on the Winchester manuscript of the 'Works of Thomas Malory', edited by Eugene Vinaver in 1954 and revised in 1971." Volume I comprises: The Tale of King Arthur (Merlin / Balin, or The Knight with the Two Swords / Tor and Pellinor / The War with the Five Kings / Arthur and Accolon / Gawaine, Uwaine and Marhalt); The Tale of King Arthur that was Emperor Himself through Dignity of his Hands; A Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot du Lake; and, The Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney. Volume II comprises: Sir Tristram de Lyonesse (Isode the Fair / Sir Lamorak de Galis / La Cote Mal Taile / Tristram's Madness / The Maidens' Castle / The Round Table / King Mark / Alisander the Orphan / The Tournament at Surluse / Joyous Gard / The Red City / The Tournament at Lonzep / Sir Palomides / Lancelot and Elaine / Conclusion). Volume III comprises: The Tale of the Sangreal (The Departure / The Miracles / Sir Percival / Sir Lancelot / Sir Gawaine / Sir Bors / Sir Galahad / The Castle of Corbenic / The Miracle of Galahad); The Book of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere (The Poisoned Apple / The Fair Maid of Astolat / The Great Tournament / The Knight of the Cart / The Healing of Sir Urry); The Most Piteous Tale of the Morte d'Arthur Sans Guerdon (Slander and Strife / The Vengeance of Sir Gawaine / The Siege of Benwick / The Day of Destiny / The Dolorous Death and Departing Out of This World of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere). Volume III hassmall area of slight red color loss on front board design. Slipcase has light edge wear/rubbing, very light rubbing on panels, a few small areas of scuffing on bottom panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
London Brockhampton 1998 1860198635 / 9781860198632 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine Steven Brown. 
159 pp, 10" H. B&w and colour illustrations - photographs, reproductions, maps. "Two great narrative themes, which link the sacred and the secular, have been passed down to us from the Dark Ages. These are the stories of the heroic, godlike Arthur and of a mystic object of quest, the Holy Grail. John Matthews has created an easily understood survey of the origins and merging of these epic themes and stories It is a richly woven tapestry of myth and legend, and of love and desire - both sacred and profane. It covers city and temple, knights and monks, and ranges far and wide, from Camelot to Carbonek. In gathering together the strands that make up the stories, the author has examined many of the hundred or so extant texts. He has selected from these - some still untranslated and obscure - to show how the two great themes changed and developed down the centuries as they became inextricably joined. (This book) provides a fascinating survey as well as including five of the traditional stories, retold by the author. In addition, there is a full summary of all sources and an extensive bibliography." 
Price: 15.00 USD
12 Matthews, John. Foreword by Mildred Leake Day. GAWAIN: KNIGHT OF THE GODDESS. RESTORING AN ARCHETYPE.
Wellingborough Aquarian Press 1990 085030783X / 9780850307832 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
208 pp, 9 1/2" H. "Gawain was once the most important knight at Arthur's court, a shining example of all that was best in chivalry at the time. However, as the popularity of the Arthurian romances grew the character of Gawain diminished, leaving him represented as a villain rather than as Champion of the Goddess. How this transformation came about, and the reasons why, are explored here. In this deeply researched volume (Matthews) examines all the known texts relating to Gawain, beginning with early Celtic references and working through the Latin romances and the vivid stories of the Middle Ages, including the famous 'Morte d'Arthur' of Sir Thomas Malory. From these texts the author has rediscovered the original Gawain - a figure of great mythical, magical and historical importance. Gawain's many adventures and several identities are studied in detail, providing a completely fresh and exciting appraisal of the texts in question, and this works adds considerably to our understanding of the Arthurian cycle and Gawain's part in it. It also contains a thorough investigation of the actual site of the famous 'Green Chapel' and the first English translation of the fragmentary medieval text 'The Childhood of Gawain'." Minor wrinkle at top of spine, light browning to edges of text block - migrates into page margins, light remainder mark on bottom of text block, previous owner's bookplate on free front endpaper, very small printing ink stain in margin of page 169. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has some light wrinkling at top edge, very light rubbing and faint line indents on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS.  BASED ON MORTE d' ARTHUR OF SIR THOMAS MALORY., Merchant, Elizabeth Lodor, introduction by.  (Sir Thomas Malory.)
13 Merchant, Elizabeth Lodor, introduction by. (Sir Thomas Malory.) KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS. BASED ON MORTE d' ARTHUR OF SIR THOMAS MALORY.
Philadelphia John C. Winston Hard Cover Very Good Good+ Frank Godwin. 
256 pp, 8 3/4" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering on spine, colour pastedown/gilt banding on front board. Pictorial endpapers, Colour plates and b&w drawings (collated). Copyright date - 1927. Part of the Children's Bookshelf series. Contents: Introduction; The Two Dragons; The Holy Grail; The Dragon in the Sky; The Sword of the King; The Table Round; The Sword Excalibur; Guinevere; The Seat Perilous; A Hunt in Fairyland; The Rescue of Nimue; The Hidden Fountain; Sir Tristram's Tragedy; The Foundling Prince; Geraint and Enid; Lancelot of the Lake; The Knighting of Lancelot; The Maid Who Mocked; The Witchery of Nimue; The Vision of Sir Bors; King Arthur and the Castle Perilous; Sir Perceval and the Silent Maid; Galahad; Pelleas and Ettarre; The Maid of Astolat; The Passing of King Arthur. Very light browning to endpapers, some toning in margins of pages, darkening to top of text block, very light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, minor edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, some loss to gold lettering and decoration at bottom of spine, very light rubbing on rear board. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, chip at top of spine, several small edge tears and one on front hinge - some archivally taped, rub marks on spine, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
London Blandford 1995 0713724307 / 9780713724301 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good Celtic Art by Courtney Davis. 
128 pp, 9 15/16" H. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. "(T)he great tales, myths and legends of Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table and the Quest for the Holy Grail have been vividly recreated in the stunning plates of modern Celtic artwork for which Courtney Davis enjoys a fully justified world reputation. With an accompanying text by Celtic writer Helena Paterson, (this book) begins by retracing Arthur's past life in a series of cameos from the ancient Arthurian saga. Then, mindful of our own New Age of self-discovery and awareness of the continuity of ancient wisdom, the text provides an in-depth analysis of the spiritual nature of Celtic traditions. The combination of superb graphic imagery and a dedicated, sympathetic commentary show how the Arthurian legends remain one of the classic voyages of discovery, symbolically depicting the human struggle for a spiritual evolution through physical deeds. It is a theme as relevant today as it ever was in the past." Light to moderate edge wear on boards, tiny bump at top corners. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
WALTER CRANE., Spencer, Isobel.
15 Spencer, Isobel. WALTER CRANE.
New York Macmillan 1975 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Walter Crane. 
208 pp, 11 1/8" H. B&w and colour illustrations. "More than any other artist of the time Walter Crane appears at the center of the great surge of interest in the decorative arts in the late nineteenth century. He was the driving force behind the Arts and Crafts movement, a children's book illustrator, designer of textiles, tiles, stained glass and ceramics, and a painter who enjoyed a reputation on the Continent as the most popular of the Pre-Raphaelites. Long before his name came to be associated with Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott as the outstanding artists for the nursery, his brightly colored series of Toy Books ensured him a wide reputation. His fame led to commissions for nursery wallpaper, and from there to fabrics, ceramics, mosaic, stained glass, and gesso relief. As President of the Art Workers' Guild Exhibition Society he was a more strenuous advocate of the Arts and Crafts movement than his friend, William Morris, and traveled abroad with his work, specifically helping the formation of an American Arts and Crafts movement. Crane's early paintings embody the romantic medievalism of Rossetti and Burne-Jones, but he soon used poetry and painting as a means to express his growing interest in new philosophical ideas. Ultimately he was converted to socialism - a cause he embraced wholeheartedly, becoming a member of the Social Democratic Federation, the Fabians, and Morris's Socialist League. He gladly made his art servant to his beliefs, producing political cartoons and trade union banners. This is the first major study of Crane's life and work to be published since his death in 1915. Isobel Spencer, a past lecturer in the history of art at Glasgow College of Art, includes in her scholarly study of the man and his work the full range of Crane's many artistic activities." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small bump at top corners of boards, tiny dent on bottom edge of rear board. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning at top inside edge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
16 Wodehouse, P.G. MEET MR. MULLINER.
Herbert Jenkins, London, (1927), Ist edition. 
312 pp, + 8 pages of ads, small 8vo, hard cover (green boards, black lettering/decoration on spine/front board) - no dust jacket. "Meet Mr. Mulliner and the spirits soar upwards. He relates some truly remarkable adventures. He is blessed, too, with a bevy of priceless relatives who keep the ball of fun rolling in no uncertain fashion. There is nephew Lancelot, cousin Clarence, the bulb-squeezer or photographer, nephew George, cursed with a terrible stammer, and brother Wilfred who was clean bowled over by Miss Angela Purdue. In this bright company no one can fail to be amused." Interior - very light browning to pages and endpapers, small soft crease at top edge of pages up to p.160, crease and tiny tear at top edge of pages 303 to end of book with slight migration into previous few pages. Exterior - light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, darkening to top of text block and spine, small light stain on front boards, light edge wear to boards. V G- 
Price: 75.00 USD

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