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POE, Edgar Allan, & Charles Baudelaire (trans.)
Histoires extraordinaires; Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires.
Paris: A. Quantin, Imprimeur-Éditeur,, 1884. Extra-illustrated and with original watercolours by Evert Van Muyden 2 volumes, large octavo (230 x 150 mm). Contemporary red half morocco by Bretault, preserving the original printed wrappers, titles in gilt direct to spines, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, silk page markers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Extra-illustrated: original watercolour by Evert van Muyden on each half-title, each volume with 26 etchings and heliogravures (13 illustrations in two states) after various artists including Chifflart, Wogel, Abot, Ferat, and others, title pages in red and black. Engraved bookplates to front pastedowns of politician, diplomat, art collector, and author Edgar Vincent, 1st Viscount D'Abernon, 1857-1941), with the shelf labels for his library at Esher Place, Surrey. Discreet repairs to corners and front hinge of vol. 1, spines a little darkened, internally fresh; a very good set. First editions thus, each number 66 of 100 copies on Japon paper, of Poe's classic tales. Each volume has an original watercolour by Swiss artist Evert van Muyden (1853-1922), who left Rome to study at Geneva's Beaux-Arts around 1884. Van Muyden is best known for his illustrations of plants and animals inspired by the Paris Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle. This collection of 44 tales features some of Poe's most significant fantastical stories, such as: "The Golden Bug", "The Black Cat", which contains "a complementary mixture of supernaturalism and dramatic irony" (Magill, p. 1674), the "mature fantasy" of "The Fall of the House o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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