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POE, Edgar Allan
The Works of the Late Edgar Allen Poe (4 vols)
New York: J. S. Redfield, 1850-56. Four volumes, 12mo. Half-titles in vols. 1 and 4 as issued. Frontispiece portrait of Poe by J. Sartain in volume 1, with tissue guard (offsetting onto title). Original black blind-embossed cloth, gilt-lettered on spines (vols. 1-3); the fourth volume in contemporary black cloth without embossing, gilt-lettered on spine. FIRST EDITIONS, second printings of vols. 1-3, vols. 1-3 in binding E (signed by Geo. W. Alexander); first edition of vol. 4 in a binding not identified in BAL; advertisements in vols. 1 and 4 as called for. Poe's wife, Virginia Clemm, assigned her rights in the edition to the publisher Redfield for a small fee, and supplied the Notice to the Reader in vol. 1. She regretted both after Griswold's scandalous portrait of Poe appeared in vol. 3. The first volume contains the Tales and the second Poems and Miscellanies. The third volume was published separately and comprises the first edition of The Literati, and includes Griswold's infamous sketch of the author. The first three volumes were published in 1850; the fourth volume was not published until 1856. It became the standard edition of Poe's works for 25 years, and served as the model for nearly another quarter of a century. It is also the edition upon which Charles Baudelaire based his famous translations of Poe's works into French in Histoires Extraordinaires (1856), Nouvelles Histoires Extraordinaires (1857) and Histoires Grotesques et Serieuses (1865). BAL 16158, 16159 and 16161; Heartman & Canny, pp. 129-33. Complete sets of Poe's Works are now quite scarce. Volume 1 w … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts [USA]

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