London: Harrap, (1935). Quarto. 318pp. One of 460 copies, signed by Arthur Rackham. With an original drawing of a coiled, hissing snake in olive ink on the half-title page. Illustrated throughout with twelve color plates and seventeen plates in black & white. These gruesome, sadistic illustrations perfectly suit Poe's dark tales. Hamilton writes, "This masterly interpretation of Poe's stories is a fine example of the professional illustrator rising and responding to a commission, with a world-weariness and an almost palpable cynicism at human nature, to resounding decorative and psychological effect." Some natural variation to the vellum of the front cover, a bit of toning and spotting to spine, faint rubbing to rear cover, else fine in vellum, gilt-stamped with the design of a skeleton holding a bloody knife on the front cover. In the original slipcase, with spine label. T.e.g. Item #29147
(Latimore & Haskell, pp. 72-73; Hamilton, pp. 153-154).