London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange; and Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, 1819 and 1820. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Each featured person (all men) has a full page biography and an engraved portrait. Each volume includes approximately 100 persons. Very good in green full leather with intricate gilt decoration on boards and spines. Raised bands, gilt titles, volume numbers, and decorations to spine. Slight sunning to spines, some light wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to spine and boards; otherwise, in wonderful condition with very bright gilt. Marbled endpapers and full gilt edges. The early pages in volume 1 have some thin spots (a paper defect) and a previous owner has reinforced these small areas with discreetly with clear tape that appears to be archival. Effected pages include blank free endpages, verso of title page, table of contents, and verso of first text page. The interior of volume 1 is foxed throughout , with the foxing lessening towards middle of book. There is also light foxing in volume 2. There is some pencil writing on first endpage in volume one. Text and engraved portraits remain bright. The binding is nice and tight. A beautiful set, especially in light of its age, even though it contains no eminent women. Biography. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/2253. Very Good.
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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, 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.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895-1896. Softcover. Rare. First appearance in original wrappers of Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, which was serialized from April 1895 to April 1896 in Harper’s Magazine. Complete in 13 issues. Twain, aware of his reputation as a comic, asked that each installment appear anonymously so that readers would treat the work seriously. Regardless, his authorship soon became known, and the book edition published by Harper and Brothers in May 1896 credited Mark Twain. It is Twain’s last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old. The novel is presented as a translation (by “Jean Francois Alden”) of memoirs by Louis de Conte, a fictionalized version of Louis de Contes, Joan of Arc’s page. The novel is divided into three sections according to Joan of Arc’s development: a youth in Domrémy, a commander of the army of Charles VII of France, and a defendant at trial in Rouen. The issues are all complete and are generally in very good condition. Several have tears and chips to the spine as well as wear to covers. Interiors are clean and bright. Nine of the issues have a stamp on the front cover: “Withdrawn from Oregon State Library.” LIT/091418. Very Good.