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.
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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: 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 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.