Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
Illustrated by Harry Clarke.London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1919 Stock Code: 137514
Scarce deluxe edition, signed by ClarkeFirst Clarke edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 106 of 170 copies signed by the illustrator and specially bound in full vellum. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a leading figure in the Irish arts and crafts movement, particularly noted for his work as a stained-glass artist. This book, with Clarke's imaginings of Poe's macabre Tales, was the first to establish him as an illustrator; it was subsequently reissued in 1923 with additional colour plates. This original deluxe issue of his seminal production, with its notably small limitation, is much sought after.
Large quarto. Original vellum with titles to spine in gilt, central vignette after a Clarke design to front cover in gilt, within gilt frame, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Frontispiece and 23 plates in black and white with tissue guards, title page vignette, head- and tailpieces.
An excellent copy, fresh and bright within and without, a few very minor marks to vellum and a small superficial crack to vellum at the inner corner of rear board.
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