Publisher’s green pictorial cloth with coloured designs to upper board and spine, illustrated endpapers (printed in green), 8 tipped-in colour plates (including frontispiece with tissue guard), descriptive green card mounts with blind-stamped borders, vii + 312 pages, 23.7 x 16 cm.
First edition, 1920 (undated).
Date according to British Library.
Published by Nisbet & Co. Ltd, London.
This classic re-telling of the Arthurian legends is strikingly interpreted by the British artist Thomas Mackenzie (1887-1944), illustrator of titles such as Arthur Ransome’s ‘Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp’ (1920), James Elroy Flecker’s ‘Hassan’ (1924) and James Stephens’s ‘The Crock of Gold’ (1926).
Mackenzie, who studied at the Slade School of Art, was particularly influenced by the illustrations of the great Danish artist Kay Nielsen. Stylistic elements from the latter’s 1914 masterpiece ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ are to be found especially in ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Arthur’ – arguably Mackenzie’s finest works.
The true first edition of ‘Arthur and His Knights’, with the plates tipped in, is somewhat scarce; I can see no other copy currently for sale online.
Contents clean. Usual age-toning to paper, slight bumping to corners and edges throughout (a little heavier to first few corners), a few nicks, intermittent foxing (mostly light; plates not affected), one corner crease. Endpapers with usual foxing/offsetting; front free endpaper with gift inscription; another (later) name and date to first page; rear pastedown with small original bookseller’s label. Edges of page block with foxing. Binding tight. Boards and spine with discoloration and marks as shown, a few scratches, usual bumping, rubbing and wear to extremities.
- Aantal boeken
- Geïllustreerd, Kinderboeken
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Christine Chaundler / Thomas Mackenzie (illustrator)
- Arthur and His Knights. With colour plates influenced by Kay Nielsen
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Nisbet & Co. Ltd, London
- Harde kaft
- Ingeplakte plaatjes
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 23,7×16 cm