[Toronto]: Biting Dog Press, 2005. Softcover. Number 59 of 65 copies. Signed and numbered by the printer and artist George Walker. A beautiful edition of one of Poe's most famous poems, illustrated with four striking black and white wood engravings by master engraver George Walker. Ms. Hogan-Walker's introduction describes the mysterious circumstances of Poe's death and the contemporary critical and popular reception of this powerful poem. Printed with Garamond type on lovely St. Armand handmade paper. Bound in grey paper covers with title and crow image on front cover. Housed in a handmade hinged wooden box with paper title label and flying crow image on top and George Walker's signature on paper label on bottom of box. In fine condition. Book measures 6.5 x 10 inches; Box is 7.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated [24 pages]. PRI/112618. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2018. 3 of 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of a cat and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Black Cat!" This broadside references Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story "The Black Cat." Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 2016. Limited to 100 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This is one of the Cheloniidae Press's first new works in twenty years. It is a letterpress printed broadside featuring an image of a raven from Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem and the quote "If there were no books ... there would be no Nevermore!" Printed by Master Printer Art Larson from a relief etching by Alan James Robinson on archival Cranes Lettra paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches. PRI/062016. Fine.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2010. Hardcover. Number 32 of 66 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. The Even Hoshen press was founded in 1994 by Uzi Agassi, who was later joined by his son Ido. Their work is letterpress printed on high quality paper with hand made bindings and illustrations. The Raven is bound in full black leather with tan and black leather inlay forming the image of a raven on both boards. The binding is a dos-a-dos structure printed in English and in Hebrew. The English text was hand set in Alt-Mediaval type and the Hebrew text was set in Margalit type. It is printed on Bavaria-Butten paper and illustrated with a paper cut of a raven. Housed in a white cloth slipcase with paper title label with light, ghostly visibility under the white cloth. In fine condition. Unpaginated. Fine.
New York: Benjamin F. Buck, 1910. Signed by the artist, James H. Findley. During the last years of his life Edgar Allan Poe lived in The Bronx, NY. It was here that he wrote several of his best known poems including "Annabel Lee," "The Bells", and "Eureka." He moved to the small farmhouse in 1846 with his wife, Virginia, with the hope that the country air would improve her health. Unfortunately, she died of tuberculosis the following year. Two years later Poe died in Baltimore by an undetermined cause. The Poe Cottage which was built around 1812 is currently maintained by the Bronx County Historical Society and is open for visitors. This print features the cottage, the woody surroundings, and a small portrait portrait of Poe. It is attractively framed in dark wood with an archival mat. The print measures 9.5 x 13 inches. Frame measures 20 x 25 inches. Near Fine.
Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 47 of 72 copies. An inventive work from Barcelona's Granja Grafica Press. The press was founded in 2008 by Elies Plana, a Catalan printer, and Gaby, an Argentinean graphic designer. Poe's poem, "The City in the Sea," first appeared in 1831 under the title "The Doomed City." In 1836 another version, "The City of Sin," was published in the Southern Literary Messenger." Not until 1845 was the poem published as "The City in the Sea." It has been called one of Poe's best poems. In this book the poem is printed both in English and Catalan. The translation is by Francesc Parcerisas, an important and prolific Catalan poet. The book is printed in an accordion structure that allows the pages to be turned conventionally or to be unfolded to show all of the pages with their striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Signed and numbered by Plana. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in grey paper covered boards with title and author in black to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Weiss, Italic and Helvetic type on Biblios, Guarro paper. Housed in black linen slipcase with grey ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/102518. Fine.
2011. Hardcover. Unique Artists' Book. Signed and dated by the book artist and binder. This is a hand-lettered manuscript of Poe's classic poem "Annabel Lee" which was designed, hand-written, gilded, and decorated by Maryanne Grebenstein. Each page is decorated with an elaborate floral motif border with flourishes and initials in gold. Bound in three quarter purple cloth with marbled paper covered boards by Elizabeth Rideout of Charlotte, VT. This manuscript was hand lettered in the Italic style using Moon Palace Sumi ink and Leonardt and Soennecken pen nibs on Pergamenata stationery weight paper in antique. The gold leaf is 23.75 karat on gesso and the decorations are with Winsor & Newton gouache. Unpaginated [8 pages]Calligrapher and book artist Maryanne Grebenstein (Hingham, MA) is a student of Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and others. She owns The Abbey Studio which offers professional calligraphy services and classes and Turn-in-the-Path Books which produces unique and limited edition books and broadsides. Maryanne also teaches at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and is a Visiting Artist at the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. ARTB/081711. Fine.
Portland: Thomas B. Mosher, 1901. Hardcover. Number 84 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum. Includes Poe's most famous poems and additional poems written in his youth. Beautiful modern deep purple leather binding with gilt title to front. Original endpapers. The text is bright and clean and many of the pages are unopened. 87 pages. POE/080407. Fine.
New York: Weathervane Books, 1978. Hardcover. with 39 illustrations, including 28 in full color. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed decoration to front cover. Fading to top edges of boards. Red marker remainder mark to edge of textblock. Clean interior. In color illustrated dust jacket with white spine panel titled in black. Wear to edges of jacket including several closed tears. Foxing and rubbing and minor soiling to rear panel of jacket. Jacket is now protected with a plastic cover. Size: quarto. Unpaginated. POE/060518. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: George Colton, 1847. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “To --- --- ---. Ulalume: A Ballad” by Edgar Allan Poe on page 599. Bound in three-quarter dark green leather with marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine. Rubbing to boards with small loss to paper covering front board. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1863 to front free endpaper. Minor foxing to interior and browning to endpapers. Includes four engravings. Marbled endpapers. 659 pages. PER/011018. Very Good.
New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845. Hardcover. Almost all of Poe's writings were first published in the magazines, newspapers, and annuals of his time. This volume of the American Review, published by Wiley and Putnam and owned by George H. Colton, includes three first printings of works by Poe. They are the poem “Eulalie – A Song” (page 79); the story “The Facts of M. Valdemar’s Case” (pages 561-565); and his unsigned survey “The American Drama” (pages 117-131). There is also a review of Poe’s Tales, just published by Wiley & Putnam (pages 306-309). The review begins by noting that Poe was often a harsh critic of the work of many authors but continues by acknowledging the originality, quality, and probable popularity of Poe’s stories. It continues with detailed discussions of some of Poe’s most celebrated tales, including “The Purloined Letter,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and “The Black Cat.” Bound in three-quarter black leather with grey-blue cloth covered boards, spine with gilt titling and ruling and five raised bands. Light bumping to corners and scuffing to leather boards. Interior pages are clean with aging to page margins not affecting text. Small scuff to first paragraph of “The American Drama,” not affecting legibility. With two engraved plates, one of Willis Magnum, Senator from North Carolina; the other of politician Hugh S. Legare, whose biography is included on pages 416 - 430. Very good condition. 668 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
New York: Ormsby & Hackett, 1847. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of "The Domain of Arnheim" by Poe on pages 123 - 129. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter green leather with marbled paper boards and gilt title to spine. Five raised bands ruled in gilt to spine. Rubbing to boards and wear to edges and corners of boards. The table of contents for each volume is bound in at the end of the volume. The title page for Volume 8 is not present. All eighteen plates present in volume seven, including six fashion plates of which three are colored. Fourteen of eighteen plates are present in volume eight, including six fashion plates. Foxing and occasional spots of soiling to interior. 284 pages; 286 pages. PER/011018. Very Good.
New York: Ormsby & Hackett, 1846-47. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of "The Domain of Arnheim" by Poe on pages 123 - 129. Includes 10 issues from The Columbian and 1 issue from Godey's. All eleven issues are bound together in beautiful full black leather with elaborate gilt decoration to boards and spine. Gilt title to spine and gilt name of previous owner "Antoinette King" to front board. Front hinge is cracked, but remains firmly attached. Volume 6 lacks July issue and four of the eighteen engravings (3 of which should have been included with the July issue). Volume 7 lacks February issue and and three of the eighteen engravings (all of which should have been included with the February issue). Bound in at the end of both volumes is the November 1849 issue from Godey's Lady's Book. This issue has five plates including a color fashion plate, color crochet pattern, and lace pattern; multiple embellishments; and musical score for "A Temperance Song." All edges gilt. Volume 6 has 286 pages (excluding the July issue: pages 1 - 48), Volume 7 has 284 pages (excluding the February issue: pages 49 - 96), and the November issue of Godey's is numbered 303 - 370. PER/011018. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1844. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” on pages 177-181, “The Oblong Box,” on pages 132-136, and “Thou Art the Man!” on pages 219-224. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Wear to edges of boards and rubbing to cloth on boards. Purple marbled endpapers, probably modern. Spots of foxing and soiling throughout, mostly to margins and to plates. Lacks several plates, mostly fashion plates. Lower corner of page 55/56 torn. Volume XXVIII: 292 pages; Volume XXIX: 284 pages. PER/010918. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, 1845. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" on pages 61-67, as well as Poe’s “Marginal Notes – No. I & II,” on pages 49-51 and 120-123, the third and fourth installments of the full series (a sequel to “Marginalia”). Also contains Poe’s reviews of C. Mathews’ "Big Abel and the Little Manhattan" on pages 218-219 and E. Oakes Smith’s "The Poetical Writing" on pages 261-265. Bound together in three-quarter brown leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Chipping to paper on covers, wear to edges of boards, cracking to spine leather, and minor wear to hinges. Corner of page 53/54 is no longer present, which affects the text of Claire Voyante's "Star Papers - No. II." Occasional stains, spots of foxing, and short closed tears. Includes numerous plates and embellishments. Volume 30 has 284 pages; Volume 31 has 272 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1849. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “Mellonta Tauta" on pages 133-138 of Volume 38. On pages 417 - 419 of Volume 39 there is a letter and poem ("The Lady Hubbard") attributed to Poe; however, these were written as a hoax and neither is actually by Poe. Includes all 12 issues from 1849. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with with black pebbled cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Front hinge is starting with a three inch crack starting at the bottom. Heavy wear to top corner of front board. Includes numerous colored fashion plates and other steel engravings. Occasional spots of foxing and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Minor spots of dampstaining to top margins of pages of some issues. Volume 38 is 440 pages; Volume 39 is 470 pages. PER/010518. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1849. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “Mellonta Tauta" on pages 133-138 of Volume 38. On pages 417 - 419 of Volume 39 there is a letter and poem ("The Lady Hubbard") attributed to Poe; however, these were written as a hoax and neither is actually by Poe. Includes all 12 issues from 1849. Both volumes are bound together. Lacks both boards and spine; however, textblock remains bound. With 40+ plates, some fashion. Occasional spots of foxing and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Chipping and short tears to edges of multiple pages. Volume 38 is 440 pages; Volume 39 is 466 pages (missing 4 pages and rear endpaper). PER/010818. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” on pages 257-259 and “Life in Death” on pages 200-201 (later renamed “The Oval Portrait”), as well as Poe’s “An Appendix of Autographs” on page 45 and “A Few Words About Brainard” on page 119-121. Also contains a reprint of Poe’s “To One Departed” on page 137 and considerable criticism and reviews. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter reddish-brown leather with brown textured cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Cracking to leather on spine, wear to hinges and corners, and red “WB” lettering to front board. Marbled endpapers. Repair to interior hinges. A few internal splits to binding. Foxing and light dampstaining to margins of some pages, but clean overall. Volume XXI lacks one plate (Playful Pets), but is extra illustrated with three fashion plates that weren’t called for on the table of contents page. Volume XX: 356 pages; Volume XXI: 344 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. Hardcover. Includes “The Poetry of Rufus Dawes: A Retrospective Criticism" by Edgar Allan Poe on pages 205-209. With thirteen engravings and three fashion plates of which two are colored. Bound in three-quarter black leather with black cloth covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine with gilt decoration to spine compartments. Minor rubbing and wear to boards, edges, and hinges. Spots of foxing and soiling to interior. Marbled endpapers. 344 pages. PER/011118. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Includes “Our Amateur Poets. No. III. – William Ellery Channing" on pages 113-117 and “Our Contributors. No. VIII. – Fitz-Greene Halleck” on pages 160-163. Also contains first printings of Poe’s reviews of the books "Brief Account of the Discoveries and Results of the United States Exploring Expedition" on pages 164-165, J. F. Cooper’s "Wyandotte" on pages 261-264, and Robert Tyler’s "Death; or Medorus’ Dream" on pages 319-320 (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). Bound in three-quarter modern brownish grey leather with marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt to spine with five raised bands. Rubbing to leather and edges of boards. With 17+ plates including several fashion plates, some in color, all in very good condition with tissue guards. Foxing throughout, mostly to margins, but clean and bright overall. 320 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1844. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe’s “Dream-Land,” on page 256 of Volume 24, and Poe’s review of R. H. Horne’s Orion, on pages 136-141 of Volume 24. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with brown floral embossed cloth covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine. Wear to hinges, edges of boards, and corners. Marbled endpapers and edges. There are eighteen engravings in volume 24 and nineteen in volume 25 plus several fashion plates. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling, but clean and bright overall. An attractive volume. Volume 24 is 296 pages; Volume 25 is also 296 pages. PER/011218. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe's “The Masque of the Red Death,” on pages 257-259 and “Life in Death” on pages 200-201 (later renamed “The Oval Portrait”), as well as Poe’s “An Appendix of Autographs” on page 45 and “A Few Words About Brainard” on page 119-121. Also contains a reprint of Poe’s “To One Departed” on page 137 and considerable criticism and reviews. Both volumes are bound together in modern blue cloth with gilt title to spine. Lacks most plates. Foxing and browning to interior. Page repairs to edges of a few pages and chipping to edges of several pages. Volume 20 has 356 pages; Volume 21 has 344 pages. PER/010518. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe's “The Conqueror Worm” on page 32 and the criticism “Our Amateur Poets. No. I. – Flaccus [pen name of Dr. Thomas Ward]" on pages 195-198, “Our Amateur Poets. No. III. – William Ellery Channing” on pages 113-117. Also contains first printings of Poe’s reviews of J. F. Cooper’s Wyandotte on pages 261-264, and Robert Tyler’s Death; or Medorus’ Dream on pages 319-320 (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with grey cloth covered boards. Red leather label with “Isaiah Snyder” on the cover and gilt title to spine. Good only condition with water staining to boards and interior, foxing, chips to binding, pencil markings to front free endpaper, and wear to edges of boards. Frontispiece illustration (a fashion plate) has been partially removed. Tears to several pages. Missing at least one plate. Large loss to rear free endpaper. A good reading copy. PER/010418. Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1849. Hardcover. Many of Poe's works first appeared in magazines, newspapers, and annuals of the time. He published regularly in Graham's between 1841-1849. The items appearing in this volume were the last to be published by Graham's before Poe's death in October 1849. The January 1850 issue was his final appearance in the magazine, signed as "The Late Edgar A. Poe." This volume includes his epigrammatic observations on a number of topics titled "Fifty Suggestions," the first half appearing in the May issue at pages 317-319 and the rest in June at pages 363-364. His book review of Anna S. Lewis’s "The Child of the Sea" was published in April on pages 270-271. Bound in three quarter black leather with gilt titling to spine. Marbled brown paper covered boards. Leather is rubbed and scuffed, as are the paper boards. Foxing and browning to pages throughout although still quite clear and legible. Tear and small hole to last page of text. There are a number of engraved plates that are also foxed. Very good minus. 392 pages +table of contents in rear. PER/011118. Very Good Minus.