Rackham--Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1935, special deluxe copy with original watercolour
RACKHAM, ARTHUR--POE, EDGAR ALLAN
Tales of Mystery and Imagination. George G. Harrap & Co., 1935
4to, number 3 of 460 copies signed by the artist OF WHICH THIS IS ONE OF 10 SPECIAL DELUXE COPIES WITH AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, 12 coloured plates and other illustrations by Arthur Rackham, SPECIALLY BOUND FOR THE PUBLISHER IN FULL GREEN MOROCCO BY SANGORSKI AND SUTCLIFFE, spine gilt in compartments, upper and lower cover corner ornaments in gilt from designs by Rackham, top edge gilt, green marker ribbon, marbled endpapers, pictorial endpapers bound in, original publisher's card slipcase with lettering piece on spine, spine slightly darkened, upper and lower joints weak
ONE OF ARTHUR RACKHAM'S SPECIAL DELUXE COPIES.
The illustration shows a seated man reading a hair-raising book while his black cat, with arched back, spits at the devil who emerges from behind the chair. It is signed and dated "Arthur Rackham | 1935".
As Riall notes "From The King of the Golden River [in 1932], Harrap issued nine or ten copies, seven being for sale, of a special issue of the first limitation numbers of the limited edition. Each issue was bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in green morocco... These books contain a fine original ink and watercolour drawing..."
Riall, p. 189
Sold in these rooms, 1 June 1989, lot 127
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