Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Clarke (illustrator) 1933 - Tudor Publishing Co., New York - First Tudor Edition But for many minutes the heart beat on with a muffled sound...

Large quarto containing twenty nine tales, including
The Cask of Amontillado, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Fall of The House of Usher, and The Tell-Tale Heart.

A fine example of the best illustrated edition with Harry Clarke’s haunting artwork, spread over eight full page colour tipped-in plates, 24 full page black and white plates, numerous text drawings and vignettes. In the publisher's illustrated dust jacket, black cloth binding with tipped on illustrated title plate and appropriate black tint to top edge, housed in the original black box with colour pictorial label.

A dark masterpiece by Harry Clarke, often acclaimed as the finest Irish illustrator, who first turned his hand to depicting the works of Edgar Allan Poe around 1914. Poe's work was ideally suited to Clarke, who drew in an intricate style often reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley, and was fascinated by the weird and macabre.
  The first edition of this work, but without the additional eight colour plates was published in 1919 by George G. Harrap, London, an additional eight colour plates were added to the 1923 edition, and in 1933 Tudor Publishing produced this magnificent edition with the matching two-part box.

Clarke (1889-1931) was apprenticed to his father, the head of a large firm of stained glass artists in 1906. After attending the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art (1910-13) and the Ile-de-France he set up his own stained glass workshop in Dublin and carried out a great deal of work in Ireland, England and abroad. In the style of many renaissance painters he liked to include a small self portrait somewhere in the window, making his work still identifiable in Churches today. As an illustrator, he is comparable with Beardsley, Dulac and Nielsen, yet darker. Influenced by the
Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, his work included The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The Rape of the Lock, Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, Perrault’s Fairy Tales, and Goethe’s Faust - but his illustrations for Poe remain his dark masterpieces. Like Beardsley, Clarke died from tuberculosis in 1931.

Provenance: With the pictorial bookplate of Mary M. Heyman.
Reference: Ellery Queen,
Queen’s Quorum, 1. Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators, 146. Houfe, British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914, 261.

Quarto (book size 27.5x21cm), pp. 412 [4]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, tipped on pictorial label to upper board, top edge stained black, other edges untrimmed, black endpapers. Dust jacket without price as published. Publisher’s two-part box, black paper upper boards and edges, illustrated label tipped on to upper board lettered in black bordered in blue, and with colour Harry Clarke illustration.
  Condition: Near fine, edges of one or two plates slightly creased, near fine dust jacket, with one long closed tear to upper corner of front panel, in very good complete clamshell case, wear and soiling to uppert part.   Ref: 110197   Price: HK$ 8,000