King Arthur's Sword

Told and Illustrated by Le Cain

LE CAIN, Errol

PRESENTATION COPY

LE CAIN, Errol King Arthur's Sword Told and Illustrated by Le Cain

Faber and Faber, 1968.

First edition. 4to. Pictorial paper boards in a wraparound pictorial dustwrapper. Inscribed by Le Cain on the half title, "To Barrie and Deirdre and Sally Love from Errol." Pictorial endpapers, title page and many colour plates by Le Cain. A very good copy indeed, in very good dustwrapper, which has some light wear to the spine ends.

Le Cain's first book, brilliantly illustrated. A small print run, so quite elusive. In this work Le Cain's art is very reminiscent of Nielsen, Beardsley and Clarke. His inspiration for the drawings is taken from medieval manuscripts and features elaborate borders around the text.
The drawings began life as the storyboard for a film that was never made, but the designs for it were shown to Faber and Errol was launched on his career as a picture book artist. 'It had been something I'd always wanted to do, to Illustrate children's books, but I'd never known how to set about It.'

PROVENANCE: From the collection of Barrie Merritt, close friend and colleague of Le Cain's at Pearl and Dean studios.

Stock ID: 39766

£275.00

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