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Continuing last week’s mission into the stacks, betweensocksandphilosophy requested “anything to do with King Arthur.”

Aubrey Beardsley was just barely into his 20s when he illustrated L’Morte D’Arthur and died only a few years later leaving behind iconic Art Nouveau illustrations for works by Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe. L’Morte D’Arthur was issued in twelve parts from 1893-1894 so The University of Iowa copy is bound into two volumes, “1893” and “1894.”  

The birth, life and acts of King Arthur, of his noble knights of the Round table, their marvellous enquests and adventures, the achieving of the San Greal, and in the end Le morte Darthur, with the dolourous death and departing out of this world of them all. The text as written by Sir Thomas Malory, and imprinted by William Caxton at Westminster the year MCCCCLXXXV, and now spelled in modern style. With an introduction by Professor Rhys and embellished with many original designs by Aubrey Beardsley.  [Edinburgh, Printed by Turnbull & Spears] 1894.

See it in the catalog.

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