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|Auteur:||Frederic Lawrence (illustrator); E.J.B. Kirtlan|
|Boektitel:||Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
|Uitgever:||The Epworth Press / J. Alfred Sharp, London|
|Onderwerp:||Geïllustreerd, Literatuur, Poëzie|
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
. Rendered literally into Modern English from the alliterative romance-poem of
A.D. 1360, from Cotton MS. Nero A X in
the British Museum.
With an introduction on the Arthur and Gawain sagas in early English literature by Rev. Ernest J.B. Kirtlan .
First Epworth edition.
Publisher’s cream cloth with brown decorations and lettering to upper board and spine, top edges coloured, 5 b/w plates, numerous decorative initials, several decorative headpieces, 224 pages plus prelims, 19.3 x 12.7 cm.
‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ was the first of three collaborations between Ernest Kirtlan and Frederic Lawrence, and also the most extensively illustrated of the three – ‘The Story of Beowulf’ (1913) and ‘Pearl’ (1918) each having only a colour frontispiece, and no other plates. Lawrence’s five beautiful, finely worked illustrations for ‘Sir Gawain’, as well as the accompanying headpieces and numerous decorative initials, are very much in Arts and Crafts style, and somewhat akin to the work of the Scottish illustrator Robert Burns, in his ‘Scots Ballads’.
I have not been able to find any biographical information for Lawrence, and the above books appear to be the only ones ever illustrated by him. Kirtlan, on the other hand, a Wesleyan minister and an expert on medieval English literature, was by all accounts a great ‘character’, known for his distinctive preaching style – his loud voice sometimes sending Communion cruets falling from the altar to the floor.
Kirtlan’s ‘Sir Gawain’ was first published by Charles Kelly in 1912. This early reissue by the Epworth Press – still with the Kelly imprint to the spine, and virtually identical in content, although with lower production values – dates from around the same period (neither WorldCat nor Copac being able to provide a definitive date).
A very uncommon title; I can see only one other (incomplete) copy currently for sale online.
Contents crisp, very clean. Usual age-toning to paper, ten consecutive leaves with creasing plus a few nicks to lower corners, one light corner crease elsewhere, bumping to a few corners and edges, two nicks, seven short closed tears, one chip, two stains to margins. Endpapers with usual offsetting, a few foxing spots, two owner names (including Anthony Ward, of Christ’s College, Cambridge), small penciled price. Top of page block with fading to colour, plus a little scratching. Binding loose, with slight lean. Boards and spine with soiling, discoloration and marks as shown, rubbing to designs, usual bumping, rubbing and wear to extremities.
|Lid sinds:||27 juli 2014|
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