The Sword in the Stone.London: Collins, 1938 Stock Code: 147264
First edition, first impression, of the most significant contribution to Arthurian literature in the 20th century, reinvigorating the tales for a new and younger audience. The novel was adapted by Disney into an animated film in 1963, and at 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.
Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in white. With dust jacket.
Line-drawing chapter head and tailpieces.
Bookplate of John Waern Hill to front pastedown. A very good copy indeed, very faint foxing to edges and a few pages, in the like dust jacket, not price-clipped, spine mildly toned, spine ends and tips nicked, expertly repaired to verso, overall a well-preserved example.
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