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.
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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 Also contains “The Poetic Principle” on pages 231-239, from the unpublished manuscript.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.
Boston: H.O. Houghton and Company, 1876. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "The Canvasser's Tale" in the December issue on pages 673 - 676. Bound in three dark grey leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Rubbing and wear corners, spine, and edges of boards. Ex-library with embossed stamp and markings to title page. Clean and bright overall with soiling to margins of some pages. 764 pages. PER/052319. 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.
Baltimore: J. Murphy, 1846. Hardcover. Uncommon. Includes 12 issues from 1846 with articles on Native Americans, Lord Baltimore and the Maryland Charter, "Oriental Churches", Brazil, Maryland history, Festivals among the Jews, John P. Kennedy, as well as poetry, music, literature reviews, and foreign and domestic intelligence. Ex-library from St. Joseph's Seminary with gilt stamp to spine, sticker to spine. and library markings to endpapers. In a modern binding of black buckram over black leatherette covered boards with gilt title to spine. Occasional foxing throughout, which is heaviest on engravings and tissue guards. Occasional pencil markings, a few pen markings, and occasional soiling, but clean overall. Fold-out illustration of the sixth provincial council is torn and lacks the bottom portion. The other four full page engravings: Mt. St. Mary's College (MD) and St. Joseph's Sisterhood and Academy (MD), Pius 9th, and Gregorio XVI, are both present; although, both are foxed. 692 pages; however, pages 389 - 409 are missing; however nothing is called for on these pages within the contents and most issues end with a literary review section, which this issue ends with - so perhaps these pages never existed. REL/061820. Very Good.