Fall of the House of Usher, The; Illustrations by Alastair. Introduction by Arthur Symons

"Alastair's Drawings for this Book were a Complete Break with his Usual Technique"

[ALASTAIR, illustrator]. POE, Edgar Allen. The Fall of the House of Usher. Introduction by Arthur Symons. Paris: Editions Narcisse, 1928.

First edition with illustrations by Alastair. One of three hundred numbered copies, this being number 63.

Small quarto ( 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches; 261 x 183 mm.). [iv], xx, 50, [2 blank], [1 limitation], [1 blank] pp. Title-page printed in red and black. Five illustrations by Alastair, each one mounted onto a silver page and each with a protective tissue guard.

Publisher's wrappers printed in red and black with original glassine wrapper. Some very light staining on the back of the glassine wrapper, otherwise a near fine copy.

"In January 1928 Editions Narcisse published Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher in an edition totalling 308 copies, with five drawings by Alastair and an introduction by Arthur Symons. Two hundred and fifty copies were sold in the United States by Edward Weeks, an editor of The Atlantic Monthly. Weeks had suggested to the Crosbys that Symons should write the introduction, and it was the second Symons introduction to an Alastair book to be published in 1928. Alastair's drawings for this book were a complete break with his usual technique. Abandoning precise outlines, he provided five lead-pencil drawings, all in shades of grey and black with only a very few, sparse, touches of red pencil." (Victor Arwas. Alastair. Illustrator of Decadence, p.19). Item #03207

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