"Tales of Mystery and Imagination" by Edgar Allan Poe and illustrated by Harry Clarke
George Harrap, London - 1923 first thus UK Harry Clarke illustrated edition - Includes eight beautifully mounted colour plates set on grey matte pages, and twenty-four smooth-coated, chiaroscuro-like, monochromatic plates by Harry Clarke - 30cmx20cm, 383p - condition: book in very good edition, with some tape remnants to endpapers, name to ffep, all illustrated plates present, minor foxing. Overall, a very good copy. Comes with rare first issue pictorial dust wrapper in fair condition with chipping and wear and paper loss to spine.
Rare first coloured UK Clarke edition of Poe's works.
Clarke's stunning black and white plates utilize dramatic wide areas of black with intricate areas of white appearing nearly scratched out. The effect at once conveys both the beauty and horror unique to Poe's writing and evokes the dense spiritual qualities of the exquisite text. A wonderful marriage of artist and writer and "probably the ideal interpreter of Edgar Allan Poe." (Bowe, 53) There are twenty-nine tales including "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Fall of the House of Usher", and "The Descent into the Maelstrom.".