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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
1822. DE QUINCEY, Thomas.Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.London: Taylor and Hessey, 1822.First edition of De Quincey?'s autobiographical classic, handsomely bound by Riviere & Son.De Quincey first published this account of his addiction to opium in the October and November 1821 issues of London Magazine; it drew much attention, and this first printing in book form appeared in 1822. The Confessions "have an air of reality and life… They are, indeed, very picturesque and vivid sketches of individual character and feelings, drawn with a boldness yet an exactness of pencil that is to be found only in one or two prominent geniuses of our day… They combine strong sense with wild and somewhat fantastic inventions, accuracy of detail with poetic illustration, and analytical reasoning and metaphysical research with uncommon pathos and refinement of ideas" (Allibone I:494).CBEL III: 649. Lowndes, 2026.A few faint stains to preliminaries, mild rubbing to joints, spine toned to brown. A handsome copy in very nearly fine condition.
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