Original black cloth over beveled boards stamped in gilt on front cover and spine in a design by Beardsley. Top edge gilt, others uncut. In rare original pictorial dust jacket. Chemised and housed in a quarter morocco slipcase. Previous owner's bookplate on front endpaper. An 8-inch closed tear through page 183, with the loss of about one letter. Jacket with some minor chips and small splits at jacket corners and a light amount of soiling. Overall a near fine copy of the book in the scarce dust jacket.
This is the third and most complete edition of Beardsley's Le Morte Darthur, and includes eleven designs and ornaments that had been omitted from the previous editions.
Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 314 (describing the first edition).
HBS # 65160 $3,500