The Sword in the Stone.
A [hand-corrected to "An"] Historical Novel.London: Collins, 1938 Stock Code: 138836
Rare original proof pages and wrappersRare original page proofs for The Sword in the Stone, with a manuscript annotation to the title page, bound with the original wrappers. The Sword in the Stone is "a delightful blend of medieval lore and humorous commentary and in many ways the finest light fantasy of the century" (Bleiler). It was the most significant contribution to Arthurian literature in the 20th century, reinvigorating the tales for a new and younger audience, and adapted by Disney into an animated film in 1963, and various times by the BBC for radio. Initially intended as a stand-alone work, the success of the novel led to White expanding it into a tetralogy of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King. White revised the text of The Sword in the Stone repeatedly, making key changes and expansions for the American edition of 1939 and for the first collected of the tetralogy published in 1958. Just one other proof copy for this work has appeared at auction.
Small quarto (202 x 160 mm). Original marbled paper wrappers with paper title label to front wrapper bound into recent red quarter morocco, spine lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides.
Line-drawing chapter head and tailpieces. Text printed on the rectos only.
Binding in fine condition; light discolouration to wrappers, minor handling creasing around page extremities, occasional ink smudges from the printing process, but otherwise in very good condition.
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