Initial Design for the decorated spine of J. M. Dent's edition of Sir Thomas Malory's 'Le Morte d'Arthur'
Aubrey Beardsley, 1872-1898
Pen and ink with pencil under-drawing showing the change from the initial position of the leaves, on four separate pieces of paper, the title and top border inset above the ornamental panel
Inscribed 'LA MORTED ARTHUR SIR THOMAS MALORY Knt' and 'J.M. DENT & CO ALDINE HOVSE MDCCC XCITF'
10 3/8 x 2 7/8 inches, 26.3 x 7.4 cm.
Provenance: The archives of J. M. Dent and Son
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