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.
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: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1843-4. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" by Edgar Allan Poe on pages 177-181. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with navy blue and tan marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and rules to spine. Rubbing, bubbling, and wear to paper on covers and edges of boards. Offsetting from leather to endpapers. Occasional spots of foxing throughout, but heaviest on early and late pages. Includes multiple engravings, fashion plates, embellishments, and musical scores. (Several plates are no longer present - mostly fashion plates.) Volume 27 is numbered 1 - 288 pages and Volume 28 is numbered 1 - 292 pages. PER/010417. Very 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.