Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rackham (illustrator) 1935 - George G. Harrap and Co., London - First Rackham Edition As for the murders, let us enter into some examinations for ourselves, before we make up an opinion respecting them. An inquiry will afford us amusement’ - Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin.

Presenting Poe’s three pioneering detective stories - ‘
The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’, and ‘The Purloined Letter’.

In these three short tales ‘Poe originated an astonishing number of conventions in detective fiction. The brilliant detective, the locked room mystery, and the bungling inept police are among the more obvious. The use of sleight of hand – placing all clues in sight while leading the reader to regard the from a point of view that will not reveal the truth–is another of Poe’s inventions. His construction of the detective story has become classic. The most salient feature of Poe’s detective tales is the introduction, as narrator, of an unnamed voice, the contrast with whose bland and obtuse normality dramatises the genius of the detective’ - Rosemary Herbert,
A Who’s Who in Crime & Mystery Writing.

In addition to Poe’s three detective stories, a further of twenty six tales are contained within this finely bound tome, including ‘
The Cask of Amontillado‘, ‘The Fall of The House of Usher‘, and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. Powerfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham with twelve colour plates and seventeen black and white drawings.

But for many minutes the heart beat on with a muffled sound...
  References: Rosemary Herbert, A Who’s Who in Crime & Mystery Writing, 152. Queen's Quorum (their first Cornerstone title). Eric Quayle, Detective Fiction. Peter Haining, Crime Fiction. Listed in 100 Books That Shaped World History [Raftery, 2002]. Bleiler, Checklist of Fantastic Literature [1972]. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'; No.273; 'American Sci-Fi'.

Quarto (book size 25.5 x 20 cm), pp. [4 (illustrated endpapers)] 318 [2].
  Finely bound in black half morocco with gilt titles and gilt to spine, retaining the publisher's original dark blue cloth boards with gilt titles and embossed illustration to upper, original black and white pictorial end papers to front, top edge gilt.   Condition: Fine.   Ref: 109392   Price: HK$ 6,000