A Very sharp copy
Poe, Edgar Allan & Rackham, Arthur (Illus.) ~Tales of Mystery & Imagination
George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd, London :1935
The First UK printing published by George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd, London in 1935 of the first trade edition. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Publisher's black cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, pictorial 'skeleton' endpapers, top edge stained black. Neat ink contemporary inscription on front free blank end-paper. Light toning to the text-block and a hint of pushing at the spine tips. The WRAPPER is complete and is in near Fine condition. A hint of rubbing at the spine ends and some light toning to the spine and flap edges. The colouring remains vibrant. The wrapper artwork is striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The twelve colour plates with printed captioned tissue guards are all present. Seventeen full page black and white illustrations. Eleven head- tailpieces. 'According to Rackham, the illustrations he provided for Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, in 1935, frightened even him, and whilst this might only be expected when a fine illustrator meets a fine and frightening text...The best plates are...indicative of a grandeur and vision one might not so far have perceived in Rackham...Perhaps not a book or set of illustrations for a night's reading in bed, alone' (Gettings 163-164). Latimore and Haskell 73. Riall 189. The tales include: The Imp of the Perverse; The Tell-Tale Heart; A Descent into the Maelstrom; The Cask of Amontillado; The Premature Burial; Hop-Frog; The Assignation; King Pest; The Pit and the Pendulum; The Masque of Red Death; The Man of the Crowd; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Oval Portrait; The Gold Bug; Ligeia; Eleonora; Berenice; Morella; Ms. Found In a Bottle; William Wilson; The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar; Metzengerstein; The Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Mystery of Marie Roget; and, The Purloined Letter. A very sharp copy and scarce as such.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Near Fine