POE, Edgar Allan. Édouard GOERG, illustrator. ~ L’Ange du bizarre suivi d’autres contes. Paris: [Raymond Jacquet, 1947].
4to (313 × 226 mm), pp. , 9-94, , including 1 frontispiece, 2 engraved plates and 21 illustrations. Loose and uncut in original wrappers. Light blue chemise and slipcase. Good. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
First edition. One of 275 copies. 5. A wonderfully illustrated edition of Poe’s 1871 tale. Goerg was one of the major illustrative artists of his generation, he was influenced by the works of Bosch and Bruegel and created paintings about the tragedy of the human condition. It seems that he began book illustration later on in his career, working on publications such as Hoffmann’s Contes, and Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal. There have been a number of retrospectives of his work, perhaps most notably at the Grand Palais in 1988, (Grove Art). This book shows his exceptional talent for engraving and depicting the human form.