CLARKE, Harry (illustrator). Edgar Allan POE (author). Tales of Mystery and Imagination. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1919.
4to. Original olive green cloth blocked with a device in darker green to upper cover and lettered in black, spine lettered in gilt and decorated in green, top edge gilt; pp. [iv], 5-381 + [ii]; illustrated with 24 fine black-and-white plates printed on art stock and other decorations and tailpieces throughout; a very good copy with minor bruising to spine ends, forecorners gently turned, light flecking to boards, slight scuffing to spine and edges, and a localised scattering of very small chalky white marks to upper cover, internally very fresh throughout, and unusually unfoxed, with all plates in fine state and a very short, and barely noticeable, closed tear to bottom edge of 2 text leaves (15mm), now expertly and invisibly repaired.
First edition. Book illustrator and Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke trained in his father's studio in Dublin before enrolling at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. During his studies he spent time in Paris under the tutelage of Ernest Taylor and his wife, Jessie M. King. His real feeling for gothic horror can be seen in his Poe illustrations, which have a macabre, nightmarish quality.