The Lettered edition design is inspired by Cosway-style bindings as well as gold-tooled binding styles contemporary with Edgar Allan Poe. It is a full black Harmatan goatskin binding with an inset, printed portrait of Poe under beveled glass. The top edge is gilt with 24k gold leaf, endbands are hand-sewn in three colors of silk thread, and headcaps are formed. The boards are attached with an extended cloth hinge, the spine is lined and sanded smooth, and a spine inlay is attached with four false raised bands. The binding is hand tooled in 23.5k gold leaf on the boards, spine, and board edges, and tooled in blind on the turn-ins. The portrait is set into the boards before being in-filled from the inside, and the flyleaves and island pastedown are Jemma Lewis marbled papers. The book is housed in a quarter leather rounded-spine clamshell box, the round being shaped wood, with inserts covered in velvet flocked velour, and the spine hand-tooled in 23.5k gold leaf. The text is set in Miller and Scotch types and is printed offset on Mohawk Superfine paper. This edition is handbound by Samuel Feinstein in Chicago, Illinois.
Poetry and Tales
Photography by Yegor Malinovskii