The Museum Collection
Illustrations by Frederick Simpson Coburn
Description:Canadian artist Frederick Simpson Coburn (1871-1960) produced these illustrations for the ten-volume set Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (1902) published by G.P. Putnam's Sons of New York. The images were reprinted numerous times afterwards. Among the reprints are "The Lenore Edition" (1902, Wheeling Publishing Company, Denver), "The Raven Edition" (1902, Lamb Publishing Company, New York), "The Richmond Edition" (ca.1902, Pearson Publishing Company, New York), "Tamerlane Edition" (ca. 1902, The Knickerbocker Press, New York), "Richmond Edition Deluxe" (1902-1909, John D. Morris and Company, London and New York). Some of these were issued as limited editions. Coburn provided 69 illustrations for the set.
Poe scholar Burton R. Pollin, in his book Images of Poe's Works: A Comprehensive Descriptive Catalogue of Illustrations (1989, Greenwood Press, New York), wrote of these illustrations, "This has been, regrettably, perhaps the most widely disseminated illustrated set of Poe's works; Coburn's pictures are poorly drawn, trite, sentimental, repititious and vague and shadowy to conceal poor drawing."