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London: George G. Harrap & Co. Limited, 1919. Very scarce, first edition DELUXE ISSUE ON FINE HANDMADE PAPER. Limited issue of only 170 copies SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY HARRY CLARKE. With 24 stunning full page black and white plates by Harry Clarke and with a profusion of very fine Clarke designed head and tail-pieces throughout. Large, thick 4to, in the publisher's best deluxe binding of full vellum, the upper board decorated in gilt from designs by Harry Clarke, the spine gilt lettered, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. 383 pp. A very fine and beautiful copy, still partially unopened, the text bright and the vellum unusually fresh and clean. THE RARE DELUXE EDITION OF ONLY 170 SIGNED AND NUMBERED COPIES. Perhaps the most perfect edition of Edgar Allen Poe's TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION. Clarke's stunning black and white plates utilize dramatic wide areas of black with intricate areas of white appearing nearly scratched out. The effect at once conveys both the beauty and horror unique to Poe's writing and evokes the dense spiritual qualities of the exquisite text. A wonderful marriage of artist and writer and "probably the ideal interpreter of Edgar Allan Poe." (Bowe, 53)
There are twenty-nine tales including "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Fall of the House of Usher", and "The Descent into the Maelstrom.

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
Last Found On: 2014-10-09           Check availability:      Biblio    


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