I've always liked this cover best. John Atkinson Grimshaw, isn't it? For some reason it always reminds me of "The Mezzotint".
Not able to check just now but I'm fairly sure you're right about it being Atkinson Grimshaw and I believe the painting is called "Moonlight Walk".
It is indeed Grimshaw's "Moonlight Walk". IMHO, a massively under-rated Victorian artist. He was incredibly inventive (e.g., he embraced photography rather than seeing it as a threat). He's best known for his moonlit scenes, which are stunning. The M R James cover is great; I particularly like the fact that you can't tell if the figure is moving towards you or into the distance.
Known to his friends as "Grimmy", he produced scores of scenes that were nocturnal &/or autumnal &/or wintry, nearly all set in a handful of British places he'd either lived in or frequented - Scarborough, Whitby, London, Glasgow & Liverpool. They're ideally suited to "classic" ghost stories; his "Under the Moonbeams" was used as the cover to "Ghost Stories Of Henry James":-
And "The Moated Grange" was used for Wordsworth's edition of Poe's "Tales of Mystery & Imagination":-
I might be wrong, but I think that the photograph of the gargoyle on the cover of the Penguin edition, is by the late, great Sir Simon Marsden. His website, 'The Marsden Archive', is full of wonderfully evocative, startling, and yes, in some cases, frightening images. Whoever picked the gargoyle [which I like a lot, but not as a book cover] didn't look very hard. For the record, my well read and frankly battered copy of 'Collected Ghost Stories' is an old eau-de-nil spine one with the 'road' cover, which suits the material within beautifully. ;D
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Post by David A. Riley on Apr 23, 2012 13:50:10 GMT
£13 for a 600 page hardback does sound a bargain, and looks like its got some interesting extras, not least being the illustrations by Les Edwards. Stephen Jones' "extended afterword" should be worth reading too. He knows his horror!
I think I'll definitely be adding this to my library, even though I'm certain I already have all the stories.