Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
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London: George C. Harrap, [1935]. 4to, 318 pp. With 12 tipped-in color illustrations by Arthur Rackham and text illustrations in black and white. Original publisher's gilt pictorial vellum, gilt top. A fine copy. Edition de luxe, limited to 460 copies, signed by Rackham. Surely the best illustrated edition of Poe’s masterpiece ever published. Unusually dark subject matter for Rackham, he confessed to his model Marita Ross “that his pictures were now so horrible that he was beginning to frighten himself!” Though a far cry from his more familiar, whimsical works the illustrations are, as Hudson notes, “a revelation of the concealed power hinted at in Comus”. Hudson, Arthur Rackham, p. 140. Latimore & Haskell p.72. (Item Id: 11425)

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