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Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 1822. Large 12mo, vi, 206 pp. with half title, lacking final leave of ads. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in crushed black morocco, covers richly gilt with a repeating flower pattern within gilt rules, backstrip with five raised bands, compartments decorated with gilt title, gilt roles and gilt flowers, gilt turn-ins and red silk doblures, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, red leather gilt bookplate, slipcase. A touch of fading and a small scuff to the backstrip, front hinge cracked, otherwise a very good copy in a lovely binding. First edition in book form of De Quincey’s first book, which originally appeared in September and October 1821 in the London Magazine. As the first autobiography of addiction and a classic work of English Romanticism, the book has had enormous importance for both literature and medical history. De Quincey later revised and expanded the work for publication under his name in Boston in 1850 though many critics believe this “final” version lacked much of the force of the original. Tinker 817.
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