Tuesday, 23 March 2010

"Some Tales Of Mystery And Imagination" by Edgar Allan Poe, with engravings by Douglas Percy Bliss (Penguin Illustrated Classics, 1938) -part one

So pleased to have this book in my collection - each one of these ten engravings is fantastic. Brilliant compositions with such variation in marks and rhythm. The mood is dramatic and somber, almost metaphysical which matches the essence of Poe's stories really well. There is quite a good article on Douglas Percy Bliss (Scottish artist, 1900-1984) on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Percy_Bliss

Sadly, a lot of his early work (such as these) was stolen or damaged during World War II so I imagine it would be hard to come across any originals. I'd love to see other books he illustrated before the war, like "Border Ballads" - OUP(1925) or "The Spanish Lady and Two Other Stories" by Cervantes - OUP(1928).

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