[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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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.
Moscow: Emil Guznairov, 2016. Hardcover. Emil Goozairowis a Russian book artist, illustrator and designer who creates beautiful and unusual limited edition miniature books that are printed on rare types of paper and bound with natural materials such as wood, fabric, felt, or leather in combination with relief monograms from metal or polymer clay. In designing the books the artist first makes drawings and then invents and draws letters, initials, and only after that writes stories, mystical and fantastic scenes, parables and fairy tales as illustrations to graphic and scenic images. This pop-up version of "The Raven" is one of eight copies. It is bound dos à dos style with the text in English on one side and Russian the other. The raven pops up on the first page of each side. Bound in red and black ribbed fabric with polymer clay monograms on each cover. The text pages are in shades brown with white images of the raven on each page opening. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 3 inches. MINI/022620. Fine.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, n.d. Hardcover. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or poymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This striking book presents Hamlet's famous soliloquy in both English and Russian. The book opens in an accordion structure with the text and illustrations printed in black and cascading down the accordion folds. With brown nubby fabric covers with a polymer clay ornament on each side. In fine condition. Measures 2 x 8 inches closed. Folded out accordion pages measure about 10 inches. ARTISTSB/022620. Fine.
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.
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, 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, 1843. Hardcover. Many first printings of Poe's stories, poems, and criticism first appeared in the periodicals, newspapers, and annuals of the time. Volumes 22 and 23 of Graham's Magazine include several first printings of his works. Volume XXII includes the first printing of his poem “The Conqueror Worm" on page 32, as well as the first printing of the criticism “Our Amateur Poets. No. I. – Flaccus [pen name of Dr. Thomas Ward],” on pages 195-198. Volume XXIII 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. This volume 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 (unsigned but attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). The volumes also include contributions from such major literary figures of the time as Longfellow, Cooper, Bryant, Lowell, and Dana. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with brown marbled paper covered boards. Leather is faded, bumped and scraped, and paper boards are scuffed and chipped. First and last signatures pulling away but text block is otherwise tight. Intermittent browning and foxing but pages generally clear and legible. Each volume has a number of engravings that were moved from the original locations when the magazines were bound together into one book. Binder's ticket "Leander Brigham" affixed to front pastedown. Very good minus condition. Volume 22 has 368 pages; Volume 23 has 320 pages. LIT/011018. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Hill Press, 1996. Hardcover. Number 35 of 41 copies and one of only ten bound in leather. Signed and numbered by printer Steve Heaver. This beautiful book from The Hill Press contains two of Edgar Allan Poe's best known works, the poem The Raven and the short story Berenice, which was first published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835 when Poe was only 24 years old. The introduction was written by David O. Tomlinson, an English professor at the United States Naval Academy. The two wood engravings are by Sandy Connors of The Honeybee Press. Bound in blind and gilt stamped brown leather with title on front cover. With typographic ornaments to endpapers and title page. Printed in Cloister Old Style types on dampened Velke Losiny paper. Bound at the Florentine Book Bindery. Following the text is a list of the book's subscribers and the colophon. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 9 inches. 27 pages. PRI/022020. Fine.