Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, 1845. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" on pages 61-67, as well as Poe’s “Marginal Notes – No. I & II,” on pages 49-51 and 120-123, the third and fourth installments of the full series (a sequel to “Marginalia”). Also contains Poe’s reviews of C. Mathews’ "Big Abel and the Little Manhattan" on pages 218-219 and E. Oakes Smith’s "The Poetical Writing" on pages 261-265. Bound together in three-quarter brown leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Chipping to paper on covers, wear to edges of boards, cracking to spine leather, and minor wear to hinges. Corner of page 53/54 is no longer present, which affects the text of Claire Voyante's "Star Papers - No. II." Occasional stains, spots of foxing, and short closed tears. Includes numerous plates and embellishments. Volume 30 has 284 pages; Volume 31 has 272 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
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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: 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. 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.
Irvington-on-the-Hudson, NY: Cosmopolitan Press, 1897-1898. Hardcover. Scarce. The first appearance of Wells’s famous science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, was its serial publication in 1897-1898 in Cosmopolitan magazine in the United States and in 1897 in Pearson’s in England. The first hardcover book was published in 1898 by William Heinemann in the United Kingdom. The novel about a war between earth and extraterrestrials from Mars was a popular hit and has never been out of print. The book was serialized in nine parts. Part I appeared in Volume XXII in April 1897. Parts II-VII appeared from May to October 1897 in Volume XXIII. The last two parts appeared in November and December in Volume XXIV. Each installment was accompanied by several black and white illustrations by Warwick Goble, an English illustrator who became well known for his illustrations for children’s books. However, Wells did not like the illustrations he did for these serial installments. Also included within these volumes are stories about current events happening at the time as well as additional pieces of literature by other authors. Included in this collection are three individual Cosmopolitan issues in the original paper wrappers as well as one bound complete volume of six issues. The three issues in original wrappers (Vol. XII: No. 6, Vol XXIV, Nos 1 and 2) are all in very good condition with chipping and wear to the edges of wrappers and spines. Browning to margins of wrappers, occasional spots of soiling and smudge marks to interiors, and occasional small closed tears to pages. The bulk of the issues are contained in a bound collection of six issues from Volume XIII (Nos 1 - 6). This volume is bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards. The leather is heavily worn and chipped with both hinges cracked. Rubbing and wear to boards. Occasional smudge marks to margins but clean and bright overall. ALL 22 chapters of War of the Worlds are included in this collection of issues. LIT/041620. Very Good+.