London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1919. First Thus. First Harry Clarke trade edition. Quarto (10 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches; 268 x 206 mm.). Original sage-green buckram over boards. Front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in black, spine pictorially stamped in black and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Extremities very slightly rubbed otherwise a fine copy. Collating 381, , [1, blank] with twenty- four black and white plates and ten decorative tail-pieces and vignettes repeated throughout the text (two of which were used several times in Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen).
“Mr. Harry Clarke has allowed himself full liberty in attempting to express the features of Poe’s Tales which differentiate them from others. In his drawings, the morbid imaginings of Poe’s extraordinary genius are depicted without any attempt to soften their weird effects upon most readers. At the same time the drawings are extremely beautiful. They exhibit a wealth of delicate and intricate design such as few other, if any, living artists can command” (Harrap’s).
Bowe 149, no. 3. Steenson A2.b. (Item #3590)