[GOTHIC HORROR]. LE FANU, J. Sheridan (author). Charles STEWART (illustrator). Uncle Silas; A Tale of Bartram-Haugh. London; The Folio Society. 1988.
8vo. Original dark green cloth lavishly and decoratively gilt to spine and upper cover, top edge green, preserved in original card slipcase; pp. [iv], v-xxi + [i] + 392; with pictorial vignette to title, frontispiece, and 28 fine engraved plates together with decorations in the text; externally fine and immaculate, internally equally good with a previous owner's address label to front free endpaper and a tiny bruise to top fore-corner of lower cover, protected by a slipcase with a corresponding bump; an unaccountably elusive Folio title.
First edition illustrated thus. Sheridan le Fanu's Victorian Gothic tale of a young girl trapped in a mansion with her mysterious uncle and sinister governess provided all the inspiration Charles Stewart needed, in wartime London of 1940, to create a stunning series of drawings "of great refinement and atmosphere" (Royal Academy catalogue). The artist drew on both nineteenth and twentieth century traditions of working in the medium of black-and-white and produced a powerful series of images which were the subject of an exhibition 'Charles Stewart and the Art of Illustration' at the Royal Academy in 2015. Due to publishing constraints in the war years the book was lay dormant until 1988 when the Folio Society wisely decided to proceed with the project.