Cleveland: Robert H. Perdue, 1901. Perdue, Robert H. First ed. 4to., Seven French folded leaves of handmade paper, with texts printed in black and red inks on a thin onionskin which is applied to the larger leaf. Seven elaborate illustrations in black, entirely hand drawn, one on each leaf. Publisher's gray paper over boards, cloth -backed with simple titling on the upper cover. Slight bump to one board tip and moderate dusting to the covers, otherwise a fine copy. Item #50119
Little is known of Robert Hartley Perdue although he was a highly skilled illustrator and inventor. In 1901 he produced ten hand-drawn copies of The Raven, each with the same illustrations, and each numbered, this is copy number 5. In 1902 he produced a slightly smaller version of The Raven, in an edition of 93 copies, with illustrations based upon the 1901 version, but this time the illustrations were accomplished with the use of the printing press. B.A.L. Volume 7, p. 148 lists the 1902 edition. A search of OCLC locates 10 copies of the 1902 edition, but none of this earlier hand-drawn edition.
In 1919 Robert H. Perdue and Leroy W. Theis obtained a patent for the "Leroy Lettering Guide, a drafting appliance suitable for use in lettering, tracings and the like". It would seem that Perdue used some earlier form of this devise in the production of The Raven.
In 1934, Robert Hartley Perdue published Descendants of Dr. William Perdue... John Purdue, Founder of Purdue University.