''Manuscript found in a Bottle''

The colossal waters rear their heads

above us like demons from the deep

Design by Harry Clarke



This illustration was among at least 8 colour designs prepared by Clarke to accompany the work of Edgar Allan Poe

that were to be published in the 1923 Edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination. It was the sole colour illustration to

accompany the tale "Manuscript found in a Bottle" and is associated with the following text:


The colossal waters rear their heads above us like demons from the deep.


Poe's "Manuscript found in a bottle" gained popular acclaim first in 1833 when it was awarded first prize in a competition

conducted by the Baltimore Saturday Visitor. It recounts the contents of a seafarer's chronicle of the supernatural during

an expedition - including the seafarer's dilemma over joining the ghostly crew of a phantom ship.


Clarke's illustration is a wonderful example of his capacity to capture the tone and themes of dark fantasies.




Complete image

Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)

Price: US$5.00

Detail (for reference)


Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

Code: HC MFB 12x18
Price: US$60.00


Reproduction on 18x24" sheet

Code: HC MFB 18x24
Price: US$150.00


Our Greeting Cards


When presented on Greeting Cards, this image is prepared as a tipped-on plate - 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, with the image presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. On the rear of each

card we also present some information about Harry Clarke and this wonderful illustration. We have left the interior

of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.


Our large format reproductions


Each of our large format reproductions are prepared with archival quality materials and processes to ensure many years

of enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Harry Clarke

and this wonderful illustration.


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