Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales numbered
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 Numbered edition of 310 copies is a full Japanese cloth binding with letterpress printed Hahnemühle Bugra labels on the front cover and spine. The cover label is a reproduction of a wood engraving by Thomas Bewick from 1797. Endsheets are illustrated featuring art by Gustave Doré. The edition is printed offset on archival Cougar Natural Smooth, a style of paper typical of the time period, and is housed in a black cloth covered slipcase with red cloth ends and a paper liner. The text paper is 60 lb. resulting in a reasonable bulk for the high page count. The edition is signed by Michael J. Deas and Kelley Hensing.