King Arthur & his Knights of the Round Table
First hardback edition of Roger Lancelyn Green's narrative
First hardback edition (first issued as a Penguin paperback in 1953). Hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 14cm, 283pp.
Roger Lancelyn Green's novel weaves together the many legends surrounding King Arthur into a single narrative. Green felt that Thomas Malory's version of the story, Le Morte d'Arthur, was a loose collection of separate stories and so attempted to relate each legend so that the entire story would have a beginning, middle and end, and employing many sources in addition to Malory. This copy is illustrated throughout with papercuts by Lottie Reiniger, who as well as being an artist, was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation.
The book is in good condition with some foxing to the page edges and light wear to the red cloth binding. The dustwrapper has heavier wear, particularly to the joints and spine ends but also to the edges and corners. The wrapper is now within a protective sleeve.