Edgar Allan Poe and Harry Clarke – Our Inspiration

In a effort to gain a loyal fan-base for our blog we have been inspired by the ever popular Harry Clarke and his contributions to the 1919 edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of mystery and imagination. Not content with behaving like a magpie for the blog’s title we have used three examples of Clarke’s work to help illustrate what we hope to be a lively and interesting site for anyone interested in books and libraries.

In addition to the items above, the Department holds an 8 volume limited edition set of Ireland’s memorial records 1914-1918, printed privately in Dublin in 1923 with decorative borders by Clarke. Other examples of his graphic art include illustrations for Origin of John Jameson whiskey (Dublin, 1924) and a chilling frontispiece to Dublin of the future: the new town plan (Liverpool & London, 1922). Clarke’s final book illustrations were published by John Lane, the Bodley Head, for Selected poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne (London & New York, 1928). For further reading see Nicola Gordon Bowe’s seminal work Harry Clarke: his graphic art (Mountrath & Los Angeles, 1983). The National Gallery of Ireland also has a beautiful online collection of his work.

Thanks to our former colleague Stephanie Breen for the bibliographical information.