New York: The Century Co., 1884. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "A Curious Experience" on pages 35 - 46, "The One Million Pound Bank Note" on pages 338 - 346, and a review of Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper" on pages 783 - 784. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and volume "1". Library call numbers hand written on foot of spine. No other library marks. Crack to rear hinge. Occasional smudge marks and light browning to margins, but clean and bright overall. Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060519. Very Good.
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New York: The Century Co., 1884. Hardcover. Includes Twain's "A Curious Experience" on pages 35 - 46, "The One Million Pound Bank Note" on pages 338 - 346, and a review of Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper" on pages 783 - 784. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and "Vol. XXIII". Minor wear to spine. Clean and bright overall. Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060519. Very Good.
New York: The Century Co., 1889. Hardcover. Includes extracts from Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" on pages 74 - 83. Bound in modern quarter tan leather over dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt title and dates (1889 - 1890) to spine. Minor sunning to spine and a few small spots of discoloration to spine leather. Clean and bright overall with occasional spots of soiling and foxing, mostly to margins. Previous ownership signature to front free endpaper. Binding ticket bound in. Illustrated. 960 pages. PER/060519. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes the first appearance of Melville's poems "Chatanooga" on page 44, "Gettysburg" on page 209 and the conclusion of "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins on page 186. Also includes an eight page article about the little black dogs of Berkshire, an article on army life during the Civil War along the border, one on booksellers, one on the education of colored people in Louisiana, one on "High Days in a Virginian Village", another on the burning of Columbia, and much more. Bound in three quater brown leather with brown cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Rear hinge is cracked and text block is partially seperated from binding. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/052220. Very Good.
London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange; and Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, 1819 and 1820. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Each featured person (all men) has a full page biography and an engraved portrait. Each volume includes approximately 100 persons. Very good in green full leather with intricate gilt decoration on boards and spines. Raised bands, gilt titles, volume numbers, and decorations to spine. Slight sunning to spines, some light wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to spine and boards; otherwise, in wonderful condition with very bright gilt. Marbled endpapers and full gilt edges. The early pages in volume 1 have some thin spots (a paper defect) and a previous owner has reinforced these small areas with discreetly with clear tape that appears to be archival. Effected pages include blank free endpages, verso of title page, table of contents, and verso of first text page. The interior of volume 1 is foxed throughout , with the foxing lessening towards middle of book. There is also light foxing in volume 2. There is some pencil writing on first endpage in volume one. Text and engraved portraits remain bright. The binding is nice and tight. A beautiful set, especially in light of its age, even though it contains no eminent women. Biography. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/2253. Very Good.
Baltimore: Cara Ober, 2019. Paperback. Fine in illustrated paper wrappers with black title to white spine. Filled with color photographic illustrations and articles on: Mojdeh Rezaeipour depicts the Iranian-American Female Body through Omissions, Artist & Administrator: Donna Drew Sawyer, Mequitta Ahuja's Paintings, Six Baltimore Vintage Shops, TT the Artist, The Artist-Activist Collective Brings 3,000 Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Issues to the National Mall, Springsteen Gallery opens in Highlandtown, Fluid Movement (Baltimore's Water Ballet), Artists Who Wear Their Work, and more. 88 pages. PER/. Fine.
Baltimore: Cara Ober, 2019. Paperback. Fine in illustrated paper wrappers with black title to white spine. Filled with color photographic illustrations and articles on UMBC's special collections, Beyond Video (a Baltimore Video Store), Ten Contemporary Artists, Webster Phillips and the I. Henry Photo Archive, Preserving Black Culture at the Arch Social Club, Derrick Adams' Family archives, Heidi Daniel and the Enoch Pratt Library, Radical Books at Red Emmas, and more. 88 pages. PER/111819. Fine.
New York: George Colton, 1847. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “To --- --- ---. Ulalume: A Ballad” by Edgar Allan Poe on page 599. Bound in three-quarter dark green leather with marbled paper covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine. Rubbing to boards with small loss to paper covering front board. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Previous owner's signature in pen dated 1863 to front free endpaper. Minor foxing to interior and browning to endpapers. Includes four engravings. Marbled endpapers. 659 pages. PER/011018. Very Good.
New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1845. Hardcover. Almost all of Poe's writings were first published in the magazines, newspapers, and annuals of his time. This volume of the American Review, published by Wiley and Putnam and owned by George H. Colton, includes three first printings of works by Poe. They are the poem “Eulalie – A Song” (page 79); the story “The Facts of M. Valdemar’s Case” (pages 561-565); and his unsigned survey “The American Drama” (pages 117-131). There is also a review of Poe’s Tales, just published by Wiley & Putnam (pages 306-309). The review begins by noting that Poe was often a harsh critic of the work of many authors but continues by acknowledging the originality, quality, and probable popularity of Poe’s stories. It continues with detailed discussions of some of Poe’s most celebrated tales, including “The Purloined Letter,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and “The Black Cat.” Bound in three-quarter black leather with grey-blue cloth covered boards, spine with gilt titling and ruling and five raised bands. Light bumping to corners and scuffing to leather boards. Interior pages are clean with aging to page margins not affecting text. Small scuff to first paragraph of “The American Drama,” not affecting legibility. With two engraved plates, one of Willis Magnum, Senator from North Carolina; the other of politician Hugh S. Legare, whose biography is included on pages 416 - 430. Very good condition. 668 pages. PER/010418. Very Good.
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: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1844. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” on pages 177-181, “The Oblong Box,” on pages 132-136, and “Thou Art the Man!” on pages 219-224. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Wear to edges of boards and rubbing to cloth on boards. Purple marbled endpapers, probably modern. Spots of foxing and soiling throughout, mostly to margins and to plates. Lacks several plates, mostly fashion plates. Lower corner of page 55/56 torn. Volume XXVIII: 292 pages; Volume XXIX: 284 pages. PER/010918. Very Good.
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.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1849. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “Mellonta Tauta" on pages 133-138 of Volume 38. On pages 417 - 419 of Volume 39 there is a letter and poem ("The Lady Hubbard") attributed to Poe; however, these were written as a hoax and neither is actually by Poe. Includes all 12 issues from 1849. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with with black pebbled cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Front hinge is starting with a three inch crack starting at the bottom. Heavy wear to top corner of front board. Includes numerous colored fashion plates and other steel engravings. Occasional spots of foxing and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Minor spots of dampstaining to top margins of pages of some issues. Volume 38 is 440 pages; Volume 39 is 470 pages. PER/010518. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Louis A. Godey, Publishers' Hall, 1849. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of “Mellonta Tauta" on pages 133-138 of Volume 38. On pages 417 - 419 of Volume 39 there is a letter and poem ("The Lady Hubbard") attributed to Poe; however, these were written as a hoax and neither is actually by Poe. Includes all 12 issues from 1849. Both volumes are bound together. Lacks both boards and spine; however, textblock remains bound. With 40+ plates, some fashion. Occasional spots of foxing and spots of soiling, but clean overall. Chipping and short tears to edges of multiple pages. Volume 38 is 440 pages; Volume 39 is 466 pages (missing 4 pages and rear endpaper). PER/010818. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1844. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe’s “Dream-Land,” on page 256 of Volume 24, and Poe’s review of R. H. Horne’s Orion, on pages 136-141 of Volume 24. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with brown floral embossed cloth covered boards, titled in gilt on the spine. Wear to hinges, edges of boards, and corners. Marbled endpapers and edges. There are eighteen engravings in volume 24 and nineteen in volume 25 plus several fashion plates. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling, but clean and bright overall. An attractive volume. Volume 24 is 296 pages; Volume 25 is also 296 pages. PER/011218. Very Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Poe's “The Conqueror Worm” on page 32 and the criticism “Our Amateur Poets. No. I. – Flaccus [pen name of Dr. Thomas Ward]" on pages 195-198, “Our Amateur Poets. No. III. – William Ellery Channing” on pages 113-117. Also contains first printings of Poe’s reviews of J. F. Cooper’s Wyandotte on pages 261-264, and Robert Tyler’s Death; or Medorus’ Dream on pages 319-320 (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter black leather with grey cloth covered boards. Red leather label with “Isaiah Snyder” on the cover and gilt title to spine. Good only condition with water staining to boards and interior, foxing, chips to binding, pencil markings to front free endpaper, and wear to edges of boards. Frontispiece illustration (a fashion plate) has been partially removed. Tears to several pages. Missing at least one plate. Large loss to rear free endpaper. A good reading copy. PER/010418. Good.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1849. Hardcover. Many of Poe's works first appeared in magazines, newspapers, and annuals of the time. He published regularly in Graham's between 1841-1849. The items appearing in this volume were the last to be published by Graham's before Poe's death in October 1849. The January 1850 issue was his final appearance in the magazine, signed as "The Late Edgar A. Poe." This volume includes his epigrammatic observations on a number of topics titled "Fifty Suggestions," the first half appearing in the May issue at pages 317-319 and the rest in June at pages 363-364. His book review of Anna S. Lewis’s "The Child of the Sea" was published in April on pages 270-271. Bound in three quarter black leather with gilt titling to spine. Marbled brown paper covered boards. Leather is rubbed and scuffed, as are the paper boards. Foxing and browning to pages throughout although still quite clear and legible. Tear and small hole to last page of text. There are a number of engraved plates that are also foxed. Very good minus. 392 pages +table of contents in rear. PER/011118. Very Good Minus.