MALORY, Sir Thomas (fl. 1470). [Morte d'Arthur]. The most ancient and famous history of the renowned Prince Arthur King of Britaine, wherein is declared his life and death, with all the glorious battailes against the saxons, saracens and pagans ... as also, all the noble acts, and heroicke deeds of his valiant knights of the Round Table. London: William Stansby for Jacob Bloome, 1634.
3 parts in one volume, 4° (178 x 130mm). Black letter. Woodcut frontispiece, repeated before the title page to the second and third parts. (Light browning throughout, frontispiece and title to part one washed, 2A4v in part I slightly stained, prelimianries to part II shaved at lower margin, burnhole in H1 of part II affecting a few letters, 2L4 with short tear at outer margin, GIv and G2r of part III soiled at margins, final leaf restored.) Crimson morocco gilt by Rivière and Son, triple gilt fillets, gilt spine lettering and ornament, gilt turn-ins, watered silk doublures, gilt edges.
Sixth edition. The first edition of Morte d'Arthur was memorably printed by Caxton in 1485. Wynkyn de Worde then reprinted the work in 1498 and 1529, and there were further editions by William Copland in 1557, and Thomas East about 1585. This is the last edition to be printed before the 19th century, the language being modified to suit Jacobean taste. The woodcut frontispiece, representing King Arthur in the centre with his knights in a circle around him, is printed with the bottom towards the back of the book, with the names of thirty knights at the head and foot of the page. Grolier Wither to Prior 532; STC 806.