Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales lettered
Edgar Allan Poe
Michael J. Deas
Median Market Value
The limited edition of Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The editions measure 6” x 9¼” and feature ten black and white illustrations by Kelley Hensing as well as a new exclusive introduction by Michael J. Deas, and Artist edition dust jacket art by Frans Smit. Also included is a reproduction of the Edgar Allan Poe oil painting by Michael J. Deas for the commemorative postage stamp, 2008.
The editions include over eighty pages of bonus content, including reproductions of 28 engravings by Gustave Doré for “The Raven” originally published in 1883, a Poe chronology, and four essays by Poe; “Letter to B———,” “The Philosophy of Composition,” “The Rationale of Verse,” and “The Poetic Principle.”
The text is set in Miller and Scotch types and is printed offset. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by Michael J. Deas and Kelley Hensing, and the Artist edition is signed by Kelley Hensing and Frans Smit.
The Lettered edition is limited to twenty-six copies lettered A-Z. The design is inspired by Cosway-style bindings as well as gold-tooled binding styles contemporary with Edgar Allan Poe. It is a full black Harmatan goatskin binding with an inset, printed portrait of Edgar Allan Poe under beveled glass. The top edge is gilt with 24k gold leaf, endbands are hand-sewn in three colors of silk thread, and headcaps are formed. The boards are attached with an extended cloth hinge, the spine is lined and sanded smooth, and a spine inlay is attached with four false raised bands.
The binding is hand tooled in 23.5k gold leaf on the boards, spine, and board edges, and tooled in blind on the turn-ins. The portrait is set into the boards before being in-filled from the inside, and the flyleaves and island pastedown are Jemma Lewis marbled papers. The book is housed in a quarter leather rounded-spine clamshell box, the round being shaped wood, with inserts covered in velvet flocked velour, and the spine hand-tooled in 23.5k gold leaf. The text is set in Miller and Scotch types and is printed offset on Mohawk Superfine paper. This edition is handbound by Samuel Feinstein in Chicago, Illinois.