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EDGAR ALLAN POE: THE WORKS. THE FIRST UK COLLECTED EDITION - COMPLETE SET
Sampson Low, Son & Co. [in co-operation with J. S. Redfield, New York ], London 1857 - The first impression of the very scarce first UK collected edition. Dated 1857 with 'Sampson Low, Son & Co. 47, Ludgate Hill, New York J. S. Redfield' on the title-page, as called for. ***Published in co-operation with the US publisher's Redfield, this is the earliest multi-volume collection of Poe's works published in Great Britain. (Originally published in the US as separate volumes; Volume I & II: 1850, Volume III: 1851; Volume IV: 1856). ***Tiny contemporaneous bookbinders label to bottom of rear pastedown of Volume I: 'Bound by Bone & Son, 76 Fleet Street, London.' ***Complete in four volumes. With a memoir by Rufus Wilmot Griswold and Notices of his Life and Genius by N. P. Willis and J. R. Lowell. Volume I: Tales; Volume II: Poems & Tales; Volume III: Critical Essays; Volume IV: Arthur Gordon Pym. ***An engraved tissue-guarded black and white steel engraving of Edgar Allan Poe to the fore of Volume I.: 'Engraved by J. Sartam from the original picture in the collection of R. W. Griswold' in very nice clean condition with no foxing. All four volumes very good in the original dark brown cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. Blind embossed floral decoration and double borders to front and rear boards. Edges of boards slightly rubbed. Corners of boards rubbed and slightly bumped. Spine slightly rubbed. Spines tight. The outer edges of the heads and tails of the spines of all four volumes have been sympathetically and unobtrusively restored by a professional bookbinder in matching antiquarian cloth. No foxing to interior pages. No inscriptions. Pages clean. Volume I: 483 pages. Volume II: 495 pages. Volume III: 607 pages. Volume IV: 447 pages. 204 mm x 142 mm. ***Edgar Allan Poe (1809 ┬┐ 1849) was the renowned American writer, editor, and critic, best known for his poetry and short stories, and especially his tales of mystery, horror and the macabre. Poe was fascinated by crime and premature burial, his writing featuring crypts, entombments and the theme of physical morbidity. He was an early short story writer, and considered by many literary scholars to have invented the genre of detective fiction. He also contributed to the new genre of science fiction. He also had made unique literary contributions to cosmology, cryptography and animal magnetism. For example, in "Eureka" [which Poe considered to be a poem] he describes the origins of the universe in a single particle, from which radiated the atoms of which all matter is made forming the physical universe; he thought that space and ┬┐duration┬┐ were the same, that a star may emit no light, that there was a repulsive force to counteract gravity, universes simultaneous with ours and our universe might collapse and another universe erupt out of it, that the present universe may be just one of many - his ideas pre-figuring physics in the 21st century. ***This first UK edition of four volumes edited by Rufus Wilmot Griswold 1815-1857 was the first attempt at collecting both Poe's poetry and prose, and the first collection of Poe's critical, editorial and miscellaneous writings. It is also the edition upon which Charles Baudelaire based his translations of Poe's works and became the standard edition of Poe's works. ***Ultra-rare first impression of the first UK collected edition of Edgar Allan Poe: The Works, complete in four volumes, especially scarce to find in their original contemporaneous cloth-covered boards. ***Of interest to collectors of rare literary antiquarian first editions and Edgar Allan Poe. ***We know of no other UK first editions of Edgar Allan Poe: The Works Collected Edition complete in four volumes in their original cloth bindings for sale worldwide. ***Scarce. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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