Author, title, and imprint from colophon (leaf ee6r): Thus endeth thys noble and joyous book entytled le morte Darthur/ Notwuthstondyng it treateth of the byrth/ lyf/ and actes of the sayd kyng Arthur/ of his noble knyghtes of the rounde table/ theyr mervayllous enquestes and adventures/ thachyevyng of the sangreal/ [et] in thende the dolorous deth [et] departyng out of thys wolde of them al/ which book was reduced in to englysshe by syr Thomas Malory knyght as afore is sayd/ and by me devuded in to xxi bookes chapytred and enprynted / and fynysshed in thabbey westmestre the last day of Juyl the yere of our lord /M/CCCC/lxxxv/. Caxton me fieri fecit.
Printed in Caxton's type 4:95B.
Collation: ⁸ ¹⁰; a-z, [et], A-Z, aa-dd⁸ ee⁶: 432 leaves, leaf /1 blank. First quire with leaves 2, 3, and 4 so signed; second quire with leaves 1, 2, 3, and 4 signed as 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Paper format: Chancery folio
Only other known copy at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, missing 10 leaves replaced in facsimile.
For an account of the paper stocks in this edition, see BMC XI 321 and the Scolar Press facsimile of this copy, pp. 10-32.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 28.6 x 20.8 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: /1 (blank).
PML copy reproduced in facsimile: Scolar Press, 1976, with an introduction by Paul Needham.
Watermark: page 6. hand with sleeve cuff. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 6. Hand with cuff. 134886wm1_PML_17560_p6_WM_beta.jpg
Watermark: page 9. shield with diagonal straps inside. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 9. Shield. 134886wm2_PML_17560_p9_WM_beta.jpg
Watermark: page 15. shield with diagonal straps inside. Watermark, beta radiograph, page15. Shield. 134886wm4_PML_17560_p15_WM_beta.jpg
Watermark: page 10. dog with collar. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 10. Dog with collar. 134886wm3_PML_17560_p10_WM_beta.jpg
Watermark: page 70. scissor centered on chain line. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 70. Scissor. 134886wm5_PML_17560_p70_WM_beta.jpg
Watermark: page 77. hand with five-pointed star. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 77. Hand with star. 134886wm6_PML_17560_p77_WM_beta.jpg
Le morte Darthur
Hand decoration: Rubrication not required. Annotations: A few notations in text, including "honor," in crayon, 16/17th century (leaf T5r). Black ink smudges/fingerprints sporadically throughout. Modern foliation up to 130.