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"Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1935)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

For "Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1935), Rackham produced a superb suite of colour and monotone illustrations to accompany

the collection of tales from the 19th Century American poet and writer, Edgar Allan Poe.

 

His suite of images included 12 full colour illustrations, a colour Dust Jacket, monotone End Papers, 17 full-page monotone illustrations,

monotone images for the Half-Title and Title pages and a further 14 marginal monotones.

 

Pollin (1989), in "Images of Poe's Work: A Comprehensive Descriptive Catalogue of Illustrations" has drawn comparisons between Rackham's

suite and that of Harry Clark more than a decade earlier, in addition to Rackham's contribution thus:

 

Clarke's pictures were drawn upon for the twelve colour plates and seventeen line drawings

of Arthur Rackham, which suitable start with 'The Imp of the Perverse' ... [they represent]

perhaps the last exhibition of true artistry in the illustration of Poe from the entire British

school of the current century.

 

In Rackham's amusing self-critique describing his suite, he commented that the illustrations "were so horrible I was beginning to frighten myself".

 

Rackham's approach to the selection of classic tales within "Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) resulted in a most complementary

meeting of illustrator and source material.

 

His frightening, almost other-worldly imagery is a perfect match for Poe's literary content.

 

 

Cover for ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

On the left, we show a rare copy of "Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination" illustrated by Rackham

and produced by George G Harrap & Co. Ltd (London) in 1935.

 

This example retains the original decoratively gilt-stamped black cloth cloth cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the illustrated Dust Jacket for "Poe's Tales

of Mystery and Imagination" (1935) designed by Rackham.

 

 

Illustrated Dust Jacket for ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

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for the First Edition of "Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1935)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935)

Front of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 12 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on

premium acid-free card stock) displaying each of his major colour images for "Poe's Tales of Mystery and

Imagination" and on the left and right, we show an example of how those Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

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Greeting Card sample (rear)

Rear of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach

typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the

images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about

Arthur Rackham, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write

your own personal message.

 

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In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Arthur Rackham.

Fine Art Poster sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935)

 

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The colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham for the First Edition

of "Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1935)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'The Tell-Tale Heart' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'The Cask of Amontillado' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'Hop-Frog' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'King Pest' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935)  

The Tell-Tale Heart

"Villians!" I shrieked, "dissemble no

more! I admit the deed! - tear up the

planks! here, here! It is the beating

of his hideous heart!"

The Cask of Amontillado

The wall was nearly upon a level with

my breast. I again paused, and holding

the flambeau over the mason-work,

threw a few feeble rays upon the figure

within.

 

 

 

Hop-Frog

The dwarf hesitated. The King grew purple

with rage. The courtiers smirked. Trippetta,

pale as a corpse, advanced to the monarch's

seat, and, falling upon her knees before him,

implored him to spare her friend.

 

 

King Pest

The man with the horrors was drowned

on the spot - the little stiff gentleman

floated off in his coffin - and Legs, seized

by the waist the fat lady in the shroud,

rushed out with her to the street, and made

a bee-line for the "Free and Easy," followed

under easy sail by the redoubtable Hugh

Tarpaulin, who, having sneezed three or

four times, panted and puffed after him with

the Arch-Dutchess Ana-Pest.

 

 

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'The Pit and the Pendulum' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'The Masque of the Red Death' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'The Fall of the House of Usher' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935)

Arthur Rackham - 'The Oval Portrait' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935)

 

The Pit and the Pendulum

Demon eyes of a wild and ghastly

vivacity, glared upon me in a

thousand directions where none

had been visible before, and gleamed

with the lurid lustre of a fire that I

could not force my imagination to

regard as unreal.

 

 

The Masque of the Red Death

There were delirious fancies such as the

madman fashions. There was much of the

beautiful, much of the wanton, much of

the bizarre, something of the terrible,

and not a little of that which might have

excited disgust.

The Fall of the House of Usher

... I reined my horse to the precipitous

brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in

the unruffled lustre by the dwelling and

gazed down - but with a shudder even

more thrilling than before - upon the

remodelled and inverted images of the

grey sedge, and the ghastly tree stems,

and the vacant and eye-like windows.

 

 

The Oval Portrait

And then the brush was given, and then the

tint was placed; and, for one moment, the

painter stood entranced before the work

which he had wrought; but in the next,

while he yet gazed, he grew tumultuous

and very very pallid, and aghast, and

crying with a loud voice, "This is indeed

Life itself!" turned suddenly to regard his

beloved: - She was dead!

 

 

 

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Arthur Rackham - 'Ligeia' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'Eleonora' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'Manuscript found in a bottle' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935) Arthur Rackham - 'Metzengerstein' from ''Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1935)  

Ligeia

  I cannot, for my soul, remember how,

when, or even precisely where, I first

became acquainted with the lady Ligeia.

Long years have since elapsed, and my

memory is feeble through much suffering.

Or, perhaps, I cannot now bring these

points to mind, because, in truth, the

character of my beloved, her rare learning,

her singular yet placid cast of beauty, and

the thrilling and enthralling eloquence of

her low musical language, made their way

into my heart by paces so steadily and

stealthily progressive that they have been

unnoticed and unknown. Yet I believe that

I met her first and most frequently in some

large, old, decaying city near the Rhine.

Of her family -- I have surely heard her

speak. That it is of a remotely ancient

date cannot be doubted. Ligeia! Ligeia!

 

 

Eleonora

She grieved to think that, having entombed

her in the Valley of the Many-Coloured Grass,

I would quit for ever its happy recesses,

transferring the love which now was so

passionately her own to some maiden of the

outer and every-day world. And, then and

there, I threw myself hurriedly at the feet of

Eleonora, and offered up a vow, to herself

and to Heaven, that I would never bind

myself in marriage to any daughter of Earth --

that I would in no manner prove recreant

to her dear memory, or to the memory of

the devout affection with which she had

blessed me.

Manuscript found in a bottle

Like the one I had at first seen in the hold,

they all bore about them the marks of

hoary old age. Their knees trembled with

infirmity; their shoulders were bent double

with decrepitude; their shrivelled skins

rattled in the wind; their voices were low,

tremulous and broken; their eyes glistened

with the rheum of years; and their gray hairs

streamed terribly in the tempest.

 

 

Metzengerstein

Among all the retinue of the Baron, however,

none were found to doubt the ardour of that

extraordinary affection which existed on the

part of the young nobleman for the fiery

qualities of his horse; at least, none but an

insignificant and misshapen little page, whose

deformities were in everybody's way, and

whose opinions were of the least possible

importance. He - if his ideas are worth

mentioning at all - had the effrontery to

assert that his master never vaulted into the

saddle without an unaccountable and almost

imperceptible shudder, and that, upon his

return from every long-continued and

habitual ride, and expression of triumphant

malignity distorted every muscle of his

countenance.

 

 

 

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