London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1935. Item #02214
Rare Publisher's Sample
Preceding The First Edition
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd. .
Publisher's salesman's sample copy (preceding the first edition). Large octavo (9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches; 246 x 190 mm). Two full-page color plates with descriptive tissue guards and two full-page black and white illustrations. Original gilt decorated black cloth. Original pictorial endpapers. Original color pictorial dust jacket, worn at spine extremities. A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket.
A great rarity. These were obviously produced in minimal quantity for the publisher's salesmen to solicit advance orders from bookshops. The 'list' of illustrations leaf states "[There will be Twelve Plates in Colour and about Twenty in Black and White, with a number of Drawings in the text.]" It also has a different Rackham design which actually appears in the printed book on page 83.
"In over forty-five years of specializing in the illustrated works of Arthur Rackham I have never seen another one of these." DJB.
Not mentioned by Riall.