In 1919, everyone wanted a copy of the deluxe edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but not because it was bound in vellum with real gold lettering. It was because of these grim and gorgeous illustrations by Harry Clarke
, which added an extra dose of horror to Poe's already terrifying tales.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which collects many of Poe's most enduring horror stories, including "The Masque Of The Red Death," "The Pit And The Pendulum," "The Telltale Heart,"
and "The Fall Of The House Of Usher,"
was actually first collected and published in 1908, nearly 60 years after Poe's death. This edition was published by George Harrap & Co., and included 24-full page illustrations by Clarke
. Even though the volume cost five guineas (somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 US), it was much in demand and made Clarke's reputation as an illustrator. It's easy to see why, with these gorgeous renditions of often gruesome subjects.
See all 24 illustrations here
posted by Lou Stuells
on May 10, 2012 -
If you have kids, you almost certainly have at least one of the 'I Spy'
books, or something from the 'Can You See What I See?'
series on your home bookshelf. Created by artist/photographer Walter Wick, the books have page after page of images filled with astonishing amounts of detail, including any number of objects for the kids to find. Wick's website
has dozens of pages
taking us behind the scenes, showing us how many of these wonderful photos were created, many involving the construction of incredibly detailed models
that are used for just a single shot. The Impossible Columns
is perhaps my favourite.
posted by woodblock100
on Dec 10, 2009 -