[Toronto]: Biting Dog Press, 2005. Softcover. Number 64 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 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/090619. Fine.
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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 (Marblehead, 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.
New York and London: Putnam's The Knickerbocker Press, (1902). Hardcover. Number 95 of 150 copies of The Collector's Eldorado Editions with each volume signed and numbered by the publisher. Canadian artist and illustrator Frederick Simpson Coburn (1871 - 1960) illustrated many works for Putnam's as well as for various American magazines. He is best known for his paintings of winter landscapes of Quebec featuring horse drawn sleighs. A beautiful set bound in three quarter dark blue morocco over blue cloth boards with gilt titles and Art Nouveau style floral decoration to spines. Browning to spines of all volumes. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. Minor soiling to boards. Clean, bright interiors with occasional smudge marks to margins. Includes full page illustrations by Frederick Simpson Coburn with captioned tissue guards, as well as occasional in text vignettes and initials. Previous owner's name in pen to bottom of printed bookplate, dated 1904, in all volumes. Marbled endpapers and top edges gilt. This set may require an additional shipping fee. LIT/041719. 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 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.
New York: William W. Snowden, 1842. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of all three parts of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” which is based on the actual murder of Mary Cecilia Rogers. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter dark brown leather with brown patterned cloth covered boards. Black leather labels to spine with title and volume numbers in gilt. Gilt devices and raised bands to spine. Rubbing to covers and hinges and wear to corners. With numerous full-page steel engravings including several fashion plates. Offsetting from several plates and spots of foxing throughout, but clean and bright overall. Creasing to some pages. Volume XVIII lacks 3 of 19 plates (Abraham and Isaac, The Maid of Narni, and Embroidery) and Volume XIX lacks 2 of 18 plates (Summer Fashions and October Fashions). An attractive book despite noted condition issues. Volume XVIII is 308 pages; Volume XIX is 307 pages. PER/010517. Very Good.
Philadelphia: John Sartain & Co., 1849. Hardcover. Includes Poe’s “A Valentine” on page 173 of Volume IV and “The Bells” on page 304 of Volume V. Also contains a review of Rufus Griswold’s “Female Poets of America,” on page 415. This is the first printing of “The Bells”; however, “A Valentine” was originally printed in the Evening Mirror in 1846 under the title “To Her Whose Name is Written Below.” Both volumes are bound together in three quarter black leather with grey cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to boards and wear to edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling. Includes numerous engravings. Volume IV: 416 pages; Volume V: 389 pages. PER/011018. Very Good.
Philadelphia: John Sartain & Co., 1849. Hardcover. Includes “A Valentine" on page 173 of Volume 4 and “The Bells” on page 304 of Volume 5. Also contains a review of Rufus Griswold’s “Female Poets of America,” on page 415. This is the first printing of “The Bells”; however, “A Valentine” was originally printed in the Evening Mirror in 1846 under the title "To Her Whose Name is Written Below." Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter dark green leather with brown and black marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine. There are four raised bands ruled in gilt to the spine. There is a three inch split to the head of the front joint and it appears that the binding has been repaired (amateurly) at some point. Both interior hinges are cracked; however, the boards and textblock remain firmly attached. Rubbing to boards with a few small open tears to the marbled paper on the rear cover. Wear to edges of the boards and corners. Spots of foxing and soiling to interior. Both volumes include numerous full page engravings, some colored. The indexes for both volumes appear at the end of the book. Attractive despite the noted wear. Volume 4 has 416 pages; Volume 5 has 389 pages. PER/011118. Very Good.
Philadelphia: John Sartain and Co., 1850. Hardcover. Includes “Annabel Lee” on pages 99-100, with a short editor’s statement about the history of this last poem by Poe. It first appeared in 1849 as part of the New-York Daily Tribune obituary for Poe. Also contains “The Poetic Principle” on pages 231-239, from the unpublished manuscript. Both volumes are bound together in modern three-quarter black leather with marbled paper covered boards. Silver title to spine with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Foxing, browning, and occasional stains to interior, but clean overall. Volume VI: 432 pages; Volume VII: 388 pages. PER/010518. Very Good.