1912 Rare Book Illustrated by Maria L. Kirk - Legend of King Arthur - The Story of Idylls of the King.
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson. (Inez N. McFee). Maria L. Kirk, illustrator.
Title: The Story of Idylls of the King Adapted From Tennyson by Inez N. McFee With the Original Poem. Illustrated by M. L. Kirk.
Publisher: New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, no date (1912).
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9.5 " X 7.5 ".
Pages: viii-394 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine original illustrated binding (hinges fine - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Upper edge red.
Content: Near fine content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light foxing - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 4 wonderful illustrations by Maria L. Kirk (frontispiece and 3 beautiful full-page illustrations).
The book: Very beautiful and attractive Illustrated Edition by Maria L. Kirk of Idylls of the King by Tennyson.
Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892; Poet Laureate from 1850) which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur's kingdom.
The author: Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson FRS (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remained one of the most popular British poets of all time.
The illustrator: Maria Louise Kirk (21 June 1860 – 21 June 1938), usually credited as M. L. Kirk or Maria L. Kirk, was an American painter and illustrator of more than fifty books, most of them for children.
Her notable work includes illustrations for a US edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1904, for the first edition of The Secret Garden, and for several books by L. M. Montgomery and Johanna Spyri.
Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Kirk studied art in Philadelphia at the School of Design for Women and then at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, She had exhibitions around Pennsylvania and won awards in Philadelphia and Chicago. In the 1890s, she went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1894 won the Mary Smith Prize of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, for a portrait. During her career, Kirk illustrated more than fifty books, including an American edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1904. Her style is individual, little influenced by the Jugendstil or Art Deco movements. Although she was a talented artist, with so much published work, little is known about Kirk's life...
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