King Arthur Knights of Round Table Medieval England Lancelot Guinevere Tristan

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382475955102 The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Sir Thomas Malory, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 501 pages. Publisher: Weathervane Books; (1977). This vigorous, eloquent epic tale of valor is noted for having been written in the best English prose of the Fifteenth Century. The accompanying illustrations are, of course, a perfect example of the best illustrations of any century. The characters will be familiar: Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Isolde, for this is the definitive account of the Arthurian legends, and Pollard's is the definitive abridgement. His preface says: The story of King Arthur and his knights is one of the greatest that men have ever made, greater by far than that of Charlemagne, which had come into fashion a little earlier, greater perhaps even than the tale of Troy, already some 2,000 years old, which for some centuries it eclipsed. It is through the fifteenth century prose of Sir Thomas Mallory, in which homeliness and nobility go hand in hand, that it holds its place in our hearts. But the story itself was the outcome of the second half of the twelfth century and the beginning of the thirteenth, the days of England’s Henry II and his three turbulent sons Geoffrey, Richard Coeur de Lion, and John. In the days when the Arthurian romances were coming into existence, violence, cruelty, and luxury were rampant. But the greatness of these evils called forth some great virtues to counter them. This story bears traces of these and is penetrated to its very core by the special virtues of days in which men were content to live dangerously, carrying their lives in their in their hands and willing to lay them down lightly rather than break the rules of the game or be faithless to work or friend. This is the special, illustrated edition with 32 illustrations (illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 16 color, 16 black + white). CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Lightly read hardcover with (shelfworn) dustjacket (in mylar sleeve). Weathervane Books (1977) 501 pages. This is the special, illustrated edition with 32 illustrations (illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 16 color, 16 black + white). Book seems to have been read once by someone with a very "light hand", perhaps only flipped through a few times, the indications of reading wear are very slight. However the original owner wrote their name, very boldly in large gothic style characters, in ink, on the front end paper (the underside of the front cover) beneath the dustjacket flap. Except for that, the inside of the book is almost "like new", the pages are clean, crisp, (otherwise) unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, seemingly only (at worst) lightly read, perhaps only flipped through. However the dustjacket shows moderate edge and corner shelfwear, the worst of which is a three inch closed edge tear to the front side of the dustjacket, bottom edge, at the spine heel. The original owner (we presume) repaired the tear with cellophane tape. There's also a 1/4 inch and a nearby 3/8 inch chip at the bottom edge of the front side of the dustjacket, both neatly repaired. Last a one inch closed edge tear at the bottom edge of the back side of the dustjacket near the open corner, along with associated diagonal edge creases. There's also a wee bit of rubbing at the dustjacket spine head, and a minute, almost indiscernible amount of rubbing to the dustjacket "tips" (the open corners of the dustjacket). Keeping in mind that the book spent forty years on a bookshelf, these are by and large minor, superficial cosmetic blemishes. Beneath the dustjacket the covers are clean and unblemished save very mild edge and corner shelfwear. Considering the book is 40 years old, except for the prior owner's name written on the front end paper and the (somewhat unsightly) taped three inch edge tear to the bottom edge of the front side of the dustjacket, the overall condition of the book is not too terribly far removed from what might otherwise pass as "new" stock from an open-shelf bookstore environment (such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton) wherein patrons are permitted to browse the open stock. and otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of having been browsed, as well as and shelfwear and/or cosmetic blemishes (in this instance modest edgewear), consequence of being shelved and re-shelved. This vigorous, eloquent epic tale of valor is noted for having been written in the best English prose of the Fifteenth Century. The accompanying illustrations are, of course, a perfect example of the best illustrations of any century. The characters will be familiar: Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Isolde, for this is the definitive account of the Arthurian legends, and Pollard's is the definitive abridgement. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #1292e. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: This was originally written in the 15th century by a British knight known for his rendition of the Arthurian legends based mainly on French romances. It was completed about 1469 while he was imprisoned. Most scholars attribute him to a knight of Newbold Revel, Warwickshire, England. Born in 1410, he succeeded to his father's estates in 1434, became a member of Parliament in 1445, turned to outlawry about 1451, and spent most of the last years of his life in and out of prison on charges ranging from assault to extortion before finally dying while in Newgate Prison (London, England) in 1471. This special edition is illustrated with sixteen full color plates and sixteen black and white illustrations by work renown artist Arthur Rackham. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: According to tradition, a rogue knight of the fifteenth century collated all the legends and songs surrounding the pre-Christian Welsh chieftain Arthur into a fascinating, rambling prose narrative. Since then it has inspired numerous artists while becoming the principal source for today's notions of chivalry and the Knights of the Round Table. Yet, for modern Americans, it's as difficult to hear as to read, despite all efforts by the brilliant Derek Jacobi in this judicious abridgment. The diction, somewhere between the English of Chaucer and Shakespeare, has been tastefully edited for comprehension, but the values and literary conventions have not. If anyone can bring such fare to life, Jacobi can--and does! Through him, we hear what once inspired the fantasies of young boys. All the psychological and moral complexities that are the author's chief concern are present, as well as the vigor and sonority of the writing. Further, Jacobi's beautiful oral expression smooths out the unevenness of the original and gives more life to the characters than Malory did. Jacobi brings out the full tragedy of Arthur's death and the dissolution of the Camelot ideal. REVIEW: Edited and first published by William Caxton in 1485, Sir Thomas Malory's unique and splendid version of the Arthurian legend tells an immortal story of love, adventure, chivalry, treachery, and death. The story of King Arthur and his knights is one of the world's most famous and enduring legends, here vividly brought to life by beautiful illustrations. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with sixteen full color plates and sixteen black and white illustrations. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I have loved the tales of Camelot since I was quite small. Due to this, several friends have asked me where they should begin. Over and over again, I recommend this book. The work might not be quite as majestic as Malory’s, but much easier to read and follow. This book renders the basic nobility of the tales, giving a good clue as to why they've been so popular for so long. The book is charming, moving, sad, happy, and everything else you could wish from Camelot. If you haven't read of Arthur before, begin here; if you want to remember why you loved these tales to begin with, read this, and you’ll find yourself provided with more than you would ever expect. REVIEW: The Legends of King Arthur is literature that everyone should read at least once in his life. The Legends actually consists of hundreds of stories passed down for generations orally. Then somebody wrote it down, someone else read different ones of those and wrote his own. This way there are many different versions. Every chapter in this book is a story for itself, which have only a little to do with each other. The only character which is mentioned in every of those stories is King Arthur. He is the famous King of Logres, the holy realm. The story takes place in the 400s, when the Saxons invaded Britain. God thought that Britain will fall if he doesn't support them. So he decided to establish the Realm of Logres, which should be ruled by King Arthur. As soon as he began to rule Britain, most of the world's best knights were at his court. The most famous one is Sir Lancelot. REVIEW: I have read so many King Arthur books and can't keep track of which ones I read. But this one I remember being quite enjoyable. It includes numerous King Arthur tales some you may know others may be new to you. This is an enjoyable and adventurous read whether you have ever read about King Arthur before or not. After reading this you’re bound to be captivated and find yourself searching for more King Arthur tales! I recommend not only this book but the many other ones that are out there also. After reading this one check out "The Squire's Tale" by Gerald Morris. It's a fun book about a boy named Terence and the famous Sir Gawain (in which you are or will become familiar with if you read "King Arthur and His Knight's of the Round Table"). Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. 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After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Title: The Romance of King Arthur, Title more: His Knights of the Round Table

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