London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1919. Item #04219
The First Harry Clarke Edition of
Poe’s “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”
[CLARKE, Harry, illustrator]. POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1919.
First Harry Clarke trade edition. Quarto (10 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches; 268 x 206 mm.). 381, , [1, blank] pp. With twenty-four black and white plates and ten decorative tail-pieces and vignettes repeated throughout the text (two of which were used several times in Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen).
Original sage-green buckram over boards. Front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in black, spine pictorially stamped in black and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Extremities very slightly rubbed otherwise a fine copy.
“Mr. Harry Clarke has allowed himself full liberty in attempting to express the features of Poe’s Tales which differentiate them from others. 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” (Harrap’s advertising feature in the Bookman’s Christmas Supplement, quoted in Bowe, p. 52).
Bowe, p. 149, no. 3. Steenson A2.b.