Tales of Mystery and Imagination
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Title: Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Publisher: Brentano's [nd 1923], New York, NY
Publication Date: 1923
Illustrator: Illustrated by Clarke, Harry
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Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. As New, 1st Edition thus, 1971 Facsimile Reprint of 1919 Edition. Thick Royal 4to. 381pp. Frontispiece and 23 further full-page plates, collated all present and in excellent order, also illustrated title-page, in-text chapter head and tail-pieces, all by the seminal Harry Clarke, leading figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement, who with this book made his name as an illustrator, and whose style is comparable to Aubrey Beardsley. This volume is excellent as new, no bookplate, inscriptions or marks of any kind, utterly unaffected by foxing or browning. Beautifully bound in excellent bright gilt lettered and illustrated blue cloth, featuring Harry Clarke gilt embossed vignette to upper and to spine. Housed and protected in excellent matt clipped pink Harry Clarke elaborately illustrated dustwrapper featuring goddess to upper, skull and spider to spine, lady and ghoul to lower. In a fluke of publication, this volume has two dustwrappers, both in great condition. Lower edge untrimmed, top edge blue to match cloth. A beautifully produced volume, fit to grace the library of reader, scholar and collector alike, and for the fan of the golden age of illustration.Review:
Award-winning fantasy illustrator Gary Kelley writes, "I have selected three of Edgar Allan Poe's best short stories.... I chose 'The Fall of the House of Usher' for its classic Gothic images and its dark, melancholic central characters, including the house itself. 'The Black Cat' is ... appealing to me for its use of mystery and foreboding that takes us to a horrifying climax. 'The Cask of Amontillado' ... my personal favorite, [is] a simple narrative of revenge set in the contrasting worlds of carnival and catacomb." Click on the book's cover for a closer look, but the reproduction doesn't really do justice to the richness of color in Kelley's shadowy, atmospheric paintings. (The cat's eye is green, and its tongue is pink.) This gorgeous edition has 20 full- and double-page paintings, including a melancholy portrait of Poe; each page of text is surrounded by subtle decorative frames. The images of Roderick and Madeleine Usher are especially effective.
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