London: George G. Harrap, 1935. FIRST RACKHAM EDITION. Large octavo, pp.318. With 12 fine colour plates and 17 line drawings, captioned tissues, pictorial endpapers. Publisher's gilt-pictorial black cloth, top edge coloured black. Trivial wear to spine tips. A beautiful, fine copy. Poe was a writer of genius who was interested in crime, especially violent death, in cryptograms, and the whole process of logical deduction (Quayle). Poe's mystery of 'The Purloined Letter' is a prototype of spy stories like those of James Bond. (Haining). Item #48946
Queen's Quorum (their first Cornerstone title), Eric Quayle; Detective Fiction. Peter Haining; Crime Fiction. Listed in 100 Books That Shaped World History [Raftery, 2002]. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature . Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'; No.273; 'Amercan Sci-Fi'.