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RITSON, Joseph.

The Life of King Arthur:...

From Ancient Historians and Authentic Documents.

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Published: London Printed for Payne and Foss, & Harding, Triphook and Lepard, by William Nicol, 1825

Stock Code: 130382

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Notes

First edition. Published 22 years after the author's death, Ritson's Life of King Arthur combines an impressive degree of knowledge regarding early Arthurian materials together with an unsentimental and rigourous scepticism, which placed much of the Arthurian legend as the invention or adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. Despite this, Ritson firmly asserts that King Arthur was a real historical figure. The late 18th and early 19th centuries saw a rapid increase of public interest in King Arthur following two centuries of relative obscurity, with Ritson's study offering a dispassionate, scholarly analysis of the historicity of the figure.

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Description

Octavo (190 x 123 mm). Late 19th-century green morocco by Marcus Ward & Co., spine lettered in gilt and richly gilt to compartments, double gilt fillet to covers incorporating gilt foliate cornerpieces, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.

Condition

Late 19th-century bookplate of the Thomas Bewick collector Robert Pinkney, incorporating a Bewick design. Very minor rubbing to extremities and occasional foxing. A lovely, highly appealing copy, wide-margined with the half-title present.

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