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Poe, Edgar Allan
The Bells Illustrated by Darley, McCutcheon, Fredericks, Perkins, King, Riordan, and Northam
Porter & Coates, Publishers, Philadelphia. First edition thus. Copyright 1881, by Porter & Coates. Large 6 1/2" x 8" design. Rare. Sierra colored full leather deeply tooled boards, bright gilt impressed cover titles, generally moderate shelf wear, rub, chip to back corner. Highly detailed front and back boards feature titles in scrolled borders with wandering ribbons to back cover, surrounded by images of oak branches, leaves, acorns, among rows of floral fount pattern. Features twenty-two classic illustrations in varying motifs, many full-page, engraved by Jas. W. Lauderbach. Illustrators include R. Riordan, Charles P. King, F. O. C. Darby, S. G. McCutcheon, A. Fredericks, Granville Perkins, and Miss C. A. Northam. Pages generally good; some varying discoloration to edges; no writing. Light brown patterned endpapers of oak leaves and acorns as bells. Gilded page edges at all sides. String-bind good; hinges intact. Illustrated throughout by several intriguing illustrators. Each page features intriguing design, drawings. Rare example of fine bookcraft. Near good rarity of intriguing book craftsmanship. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells" is a heavily onomatopoeic poem not published until after Poe's death in 1849. Perhaps best known for the diacopic use of the word "bells." The poem has four parts to it, each growing darker and darker as the poem moves from "the jingling and the tinkling" to the "moaning and the groaning" of the haunted bells. Apprx. 60 pages. Insured post. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: The BiblioFile [Rapid River, MI, U.S.A.]
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