London: George G. Harrap and Co., 1935. First trade edition. First Trade Edition. Quarto (9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in; 248 x 190 mm.). Complete. Publisher's russet morocco, front cover decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers. Twelve color plates with captioned tissue guards, seventeen full page line drawings. A very Fine copy in the publisher's glassine and cardboard box.
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 72-73. Riall 189. (Item #3741)