Title: Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Publisher: Brentano's [nd 1923], New York, NY
Publication Date: 1923
Illustrator: Illustrated by Clarke, Harry
Good, slightly shaken, edge lightly rubbed; Eight tipped in color plates & many lovely full page, intricate b&w illustrations. Inked date & three black makers half title pg; Ltd to 2500 Copies; Black cloth; Thick 4to; No DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 22281
Synopsis: Excerpt from Tales of Mystery and Imagination
The narrative which follows will appear to the reader somewhat in the light of a commentary upon the propositions just advanced.
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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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