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.
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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. 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 covers, three issues with Oregon State Library stamp to cover. Interior pages near fine. Wonderful advertisements and illustrations throughout each. Each issue is about 150-175 pages. Continuous pagination for the year’s issues. Very Good. LIT/091318. 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.
Baltimore: J. Murphy, 1848. Hardcover. Uncommon. Includes 12 issues from 1848 with articles on causes and treatments of lunacy, superstitions of unbelief, archdiocess of Baltimore, Methodist Mission in Oregon, Society for Aged Clergymen, churches in Scotland, French Revolution, expulsion of the Jesuits from Naples, Distress in Ireland, Persecution of the Church in Switzerland, poetry, music, obituaries, and much more. A notice in the front of the book from the publisher states that this is to be the last volume issued of this magazine as the publisher has been publishing it for "quite some time" at a loss. In three quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Large chip to foot of spine. Both hinges are split but boards remain attached. Leather is and boards are heavily worn. Occasional foxing throughout and occasional spots of soiling. Clean overall. Lacks front free endpaper. Includes several illustrations. 664 pages. REL/061820. Very Good.