Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. Edgar Allan POE, Harry CLARKE.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Harry Clarke.

London and New York: George Harrap 1919. [Strange Tales] FIRST CLARKE EDITION, printed in Great Britain by the Complete Press. Quarto (28 x 21cm), pp.384. With 24 full-page plates, numerous illustrations within the text. Publisher's limp brown suede, yapp edges, lettered in gilt to spine, blocked in blind to upper, grey endpapers. with inset illustration laid down to front cover, top edge coloured black, others untrimmed. Contents fine. Fragile binding shown some wear; joints rubbed/cracked, oversize edges chipped. Generally a very good copy of a most unusual variant publisher binding; this is the first such copy we have handled - the standard UK first was issued in green cloth hardcovers. Scarce thus. A seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Conan Doyle, Verne, and Baudelaire. This collection of Poe's best stories contains all the terrifying and bewildering tales that characterize his work, as well as the Gothic horror of 'The Pit and the Pendulum' with other similarly wierd tales, together with all three of the landmark cases featuring his ground-breaking detective Auguste Dupin; the history of the detective story begins with the publication of 'The Murders In the Rue Morgue' (Matthews). Item #53370

Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

Price: £495.00

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