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3 Feb 2012

Poe illustrated

I wanted to share with you one of my favourite books that I own. In my quest to simplify my bookshelves, and only own books I love, will revisit, are sentimental, or that I wish to pass on to my girl.... beautiful editions are keepers.

I've been a Poe fan since my teenage years and was thrilled to get my little bookwhoring hands on an edition of his collection Tales of Mystery and Imagination that included illustrations.


It's bound in black cloth so is a delight to hold. Illustrated by Harry Clarke, it includes colour-plate work as well as exquisite pen and ink drawings.

It's not easy capturing Poe's distinct feel - macabre and mysterious, tortured and twisted. I think that Clarke did a fine job of honouring Poe's aesthetic. I especially love that they appear contemporary to Poe.



The best part other than the fab 29 tales and illustrations? It isn't expensive. I would love to own similar editions of other authors. There's nothing like books gorgeously put together..... that you can afford!



 Hope your weekend includes something cosy.


hear: You're The One That I Want by Angus & Julia Stone on Grooveshark
taste: creamy brie + crusty baguette
see: marie antoinette, an odd, jarring, modernist aesthetic. not for me
smell: cardamon
touch: hard frost
think: trying to form a some sort of living/house plan for the year
feel: riding low waves



31 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics! I love Folio Society editions specially the older ones.

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  2. that is a gorgeous book...have you heard the band Omnia's version of The Raven? its well worth tracking down :)
    stay warm this weekend!

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  3. Poe's illustrations make me think of Tim Burton. And I thought you summed up Marie Antoinette exactly as I would have, if I'd thought to put it like that. :)

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  4. This is a must for my bookshelf, how do I not own this already? Amazing.
    This song; I have goose bumps. Incredibly moving. I'm now off to look up this artist and hear more wonderful sounds from them.

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    1. she's got a gorgeous voice hasn't she, and it's such a fabulous version.

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  5. That art is amazing!!

    Some books I borrow from the library or pick up used. But some I insist on a proper, hard covered and bound book. I never look at it as creating a pleasing library for myself, but to pass on my library to my kids. :)

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  6. Oh that book, what a beautiful part of your collection!! The illustrations--amazing. I believe my girl would appreciate this book too:). It's on the list so thank you!! Creamy brie and crusty baguette....that is my son's favorite snack, ever.
    Hope your well friend, and have found that sleep! I've lost mine it seems lately lol....
    Have a great weekend :)
    xo

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  7. What a beautiful edition - i love cloth bound books, they feel so personal.
    Excellent version on 'you're the one that i want'!
    And yes - marie antoinette - not for me either. A dimension or two missing there...
    Hope you're having a great weekend - riding those low waves..

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  8. it looks like a book one surely should pass to their kids... i really like the illustrations. you are right.
    they capture the feeling...

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  9. Thank you Mon, for all the lovely little snippets you bring to the table you make our visits here a pure delight.

    Didn't Mr Frost sparkle beautifully this morning?

    Sue x

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  10. wow, this does look amazing. makes me miss all of my books that are currently in storage...

    happy weekend!

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  11. ooooooh...gorgeous book....

    LOVE the smell of cardamom...LOVE...

    happy week end! xo

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  12. oh Monica I feel as if I just wandered into some delightful bookshop in some hidden street in New Orleans. Especially since I just left a comment for you on my blog about chevre and France, and here you're thinking of crusty baguette and creamy brie. I especially love the gorgeous mix of cardamon and hard frost, and I was even wondering if you were staying in England or going back to live in Montenegro. Thanks for this beautiful space, and I hope the sun is shining in on your afternoon tea xx

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    1. heehee, seems like, with that other post thing as well, that we're visiting the same wavelength at the moment.

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  13. Oh I'd love a copy of that one Monica!, it sounds like the kind of book I'd have on my bedside table, I love the illustrations....

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  14. these are so pretty...

    hope you follow me on rockin' horse, I won't keep blogging on hippiebohoreloaded - new year, new blog xx

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  15. Stunning book! As a fellow Poe fan, I'm a bit jealous of you right now. ;-) Will soon scurry off to purchase.

    Crusty bread and brie - one of my favorites. I like adding a bit of plum preserves to the mix sometimes.

    Agree about the Antoinette movie.

    Hope your weekend is lovely! xx

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  16. ...forgot to add that if you adore cardamom as I do, there's a perfume called Jungle L'Elephant by Kenzo that is wonderful. It smells like a creamy chai with extra cardamom. Heavenly.

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    1. really? just the thing to wear if the guy you fancied was a chai lover. lol

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  17. Ohh, those are a little spooky. I remember those types of books when I was a chlid, with illustrations that stay with you even as an adult

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  18. This is a beautiful edition and definitely a keeper. I did about a year ago what you did now - went through all my books and kept only those that I love, (therefore will read again), are beautiful editions or haven't read yet. Every new book (mainly bought second hand) that I don't like or am sure that I won't read again goes right back to the thrift store. That still leaves quite a lot of books. At the moment I have vowed to myself not to buy new books but first read all the unread books that are still lingering in my bookshelves. So far I have been pretty consequent (except for books about art techniques and photography etc. - but that doesn't count, right?)

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    1. "That still leaves quite a lot of books."
      heehee, i hear ya!

      "vowed to myself not to buy new books but first read all the unread books that are still lingering in my bookshelves"
      i did this the last 2 years. although i rarely vow anything stringent. i still have several unreads, but i have to really want to read something. so there's a pile of similar genre still unread. but yes, otherwise i have tried to get through what i already own.

      non-fiction doesn't count. ;)

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  19. What an utterly ravishing edition of Poe! I'm in love! Poe is one of my faves - used to terrify me stupid when I was a child. Still does. Delicious : )

    Speaking of delish - brie and baguette *nods vigorously*. I was nomming that all day yesterday.

    Know what you mean about Marie Antoinette. I know what they were trying to do with it, but still didn't enjoy that one. Had its moments, but not for me overall.

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  20. This would make a great gift for Poe fan....Wonderful edition..:)

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  21. It's beautiful - the illustrations are amazing. Incidentally "The Man of the Crowd" and "Murders on the Rue Morgue" were two of Poe's short stories that I loved when I was studying at university.

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  22. This is crazy! The place where I used to work printed that book. It's fantastic.

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  23. A spectacular book, Mon. I also look your criteria for acquiring/keeping them. Have a happy week x

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  24. absolutely gorgeous book, the illustrations are amazing.... hope you had a lovely weekend. xoxo

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  25. Love this! Every time I look at my bookcase these days, I just can't seem to bring myself to give anything away. But I know I need to. Soon.

    I have a few beautifully bound books like this one, not with pictures, but I found some Jane Austen novels (love her) and I also found a compilation of Oscar Wild's books. You get them rather often in South Africa in second hand book stores; The beautifully bound books of ancient times. Maybe we don't value books the same way as they do oversees, or maybe I am just lucky that other people don't value them as much.

    Anyway, love the book; Inspired to take charge of my bookcase!; Will probably do a similar post soon.

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  26. Love those pen and ink drawings - they are so exquisite! I am so jealous :)

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  27. what a fantastic find...i used to teach middle school literature to teenagers + poe was a favorite (both theirs + mine). i can really see my own two bean sprouts engrossed in the illustrations + stories, so this may become a must for that new bookshelf i'm currently needing to build in my living room.

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