Edgar Allan Poe / Harry Clarke - Tales of Mystery and Imagination. With 32 plates - 1926

Edgar Allan Poe / Harry Clarke - Tales of Mystery and Imagination. With 32 plates - 1926
Illustriert, Literatur, Jugendstil, Horror, Übernatürliches - Anzahl: 1 - tipped in plate- Illustration - Buch

Publisher’s black cloth with pictorial title onlay to upper board (onlay printed in gilt and black), plain lettering to spine, top edges black, other edges untrimmed, 8 colour plates (mounted on greyish-green paper), 24 black-and-white plates, 26 b/w vignettes (including 13 repeats), 383 pages, 27.5 x 20.5 cm.

Undated edition, circa 1926.
Date from adverts to verso of half-title page (as per Steenson A2.g).
Printed in Britain, and using the British sheets, but with US imprint to spine.

Harry Clarke’s magnificent version of Poe’s ‘Tales’ is widely cited as his most famous and influential work.

The first edition, published in 1919, contained only black-and-white illustrations. The book was such a success that a completely new and re-edited version was issued in the autumn of 1923, with eight new plates in colour, plus a new black-and-white plate for the story ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ (replacing another that had been dropped). The 1923 colour-plate edition was reissued numerous times – the earliest versions being those co-published by George Harrap and Brentano’s, as here.

Clarke’s illustrations, reminiscent in style of Aubrey Beardsley, have a gothic flavour perfectly suited to Poe’s macabre stories. “In his drawings, the morbid imaginings of Poe’s extraordinary genius are depicted without any attempt to soften their weird effects upon most readers. At the same time the drawings are extremely beautiful. They exhibit a wealth of delicate and intricate design such as few other, if any, living artists can command” (from Harrap’s advertising feature in the Christmas 1919 number of ‘The Bookman’).

¶ Born in Dublin, Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement, achieving renown not only for his stained-glass work, but also for his superbly illustrated gift books. Aside from his Edgar Allan Poe, his most important published works include ‘Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen’ (1916), ‘The Fairy Tales of Perrault’ (1922), Goethe’s ‘Faust’ (1925) and ‘Selected Poems of Swinburne’ (1928).

Contents include:
MS. Found in a Bottle, Berenice, Morella, Some Passages in the Life of a Lion (Lionizing), The Assignation, Bon-Bon, King Pest, Metzengerstein, Silence, A Descent into the Maelstrom, Ligeia, The Fall of the House of Usher, William Wilson, The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion, The Man of the Crowd, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, The Colloquy of Monos and Una, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Gold Bug, The Black Cat, The Spectacles, The Premature Burial, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, The Oblong Box, The Cask of Amontillado, Landor’s Cottage.

Contents very clean overall. Usual age-toning to paper (including offsetting from plates and coloured mounts), occasional light creasing, one or two pale smudges/finger-marks, surface tear to one margin (slightly intruding into text, without loss), a few short closed tears plus one longer tear elsewhere, small corner crease to one mount, one long corner crease elsewhere, heavy foxing at start and back of book, foxing around stitches, intermittent foxing elsewhere (mostly to pages adjoining plates, and to margins of black-and-white plates), a few pairs of gatherings stretched, small surface chip to margin of one colour plate, small corner chip to one black-and-white plate, several pairs of leaves clumsily opened (with ragged edges and tears, plus two large chips), one leaf with original trimming flaw to corner and edge, one plate with glue residue along fore-edge (original production flaw), a few tiny dark marks to edges, water-staining to some edges and corners (mostly light, occasionally heavier; coloured mounts and black-and-white plates particularly affected, text pages less so), untrimmed (exposed) edges and corners with usual bumping, browning, creasing, nicks and wear. Endpapers with pale water-staining to edges; front endpapers with 1927 gift inscription, rear endpapers with small stamped number; hinges intact but somewhat loose. Top of page block with colour partly rubbed away. Binding loose, with lean. Boards and spine with scratching, discoloration and marks as shown, bumping, rubbing and wear to extremities; title onlay with staining, chipping plus long scratch; cloth worn through slightly to three corners, and with small hole to upper joint; head and foot of spine with a few nicks plus one short closed tear; upper corner of lower board heavily worn, with loss; a few minor glue repairs; damaged/exposed edges lightly retouched with black ink.

Anzahl der Bücher
Illustriert, Jugendstil, Horror, Übernatürliches, Literatur
Autor/ Illustrator
Edgar Allan Poe / Harry Clarke
Tales of Mystery and Imagination. With 32 plates
Erscheinungsjahr (ältestes Objekt)
Bebilderte Ausgabe
George G. Harrap, London / Brentano's, New York
Gebundene Ausgabe
tipped in plate- Illustration
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