Washington DC: 1832. Hardcover. A 13 issue periodical produced by Duff Green to disuade the public from re-electing President Andrew Jackson. Subscribers paid a total of $5 for these 13 issues in 1832, which would be about $150 today. A thin volume bound in dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with small leather corners and gilt title to spine. Heavy wear to hinges, edges of boards, and corners. Ex-library with blacked-out call number on front board. Previous owner's lengthy pen notation to front pastedown regarding the contents. Front free endpaper is present but detached. Originally issued in parts, each number has slightly different condition issues ranging from minor dampstaining to foxing to smudge marks and soiling. Continously paginated, 308 pages (however, pagination shoud be 208 pages - it skips from 200 to 300 in last issue.) AMER/011221. Very Good.
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Philadelphia: George R. Graham & Co., 1846. Hardcover. Includes Poe's “Marginalia,” fifth on pages 116-118, eighth on pages 245-248, and ninth on pages 311-313 - installments of the full series. Also contains the first printing of Poe’s essay, “The Philosophy of Composition,” on pages 163-167. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter brown pebbled leather with green marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine with five raised bands. Rubbing and wear to hinges, edges, and corners. Scuffing to boards and losses to paper on both boards. One inch chip to leather along head of spine. Foxing throughout, mostly to margins and offsetting from some plates. All twelve fashion plates are present. 284 pages in Volume 28; 320 pages in Volume 29. PER/060822. 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 Also contains “The Poetic Principle” on pages 231-239, from the unpublished manuscript.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.
New York: Harper's, 1917. Softcover. Rare in the original wrappers. Six issues between May and November 1917. The letters were also published by Harper as two volumes in 1917. The letters were arranged with comment by Albert Bigelow Paine. Paine was an important Twain scholar and in addition to the letters, he published several other books about him including a three volume biography. The first installment in the May issue has photos on Twain and his home and facsimilies of two letters. Each issue’s cover is printed in a different color paper, most with pictorial front cover and advertisements on rear. Covers are all in very good condition, some with small tears to spine and creases to cover. Interior pages all very good save for a tear to an ad page in the October issue. Wonderful advertisements and illustrations throughout each. Each issue is about 150-175 pages. Very Good. LIT/051419. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. Includes the beginning of Twain's "Tom Sawyer" in the August and September issues on pages 344 - 361 and 519 - 537. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to spine ends, hinges, edges of boards, and raised bands on spine. Chip to leather on spine. Patterned endpapers. Browning to edges of a few pages, but clean overall. Bookplate of previous owner to front pastedown, H. Armstrong of Ohio. 972 pages. PER/052319. Very Good.