The Complete Writings.
The Memorial Edition, a deluxe limited edition, number 64 of 1075 copies signed by the publisher on the half title and extra-illustrated with two versions of each plate, including a colour version of each frontispiece. A very handsomely bound set. “An extremely popular and prolific writer, O. Henry is noted for his sentimental, semi-realistic stories dealing with the lives of modest people and his mastery of the surprise ending. A North Carolinian by birth, Porter moved to Texas, where he became the editor and publisher of the humorous magazine The Rolling Stone. When he was charged with embezzling funds from a bank, he fled to Central America, subsequently the scene of Cabbages and Kings (1904). He later returned and, although there has been much debate over his actual guilt, served over three years in the federal penitentiary. While in prison, he published the first of his O. Henry stories—’Whistling Dick’s Christmas Stocking’ (1899). Stories he heard in prison were the germs of many of his narratives. But his work is most identified with New York City, which he liked to call ‘Bagdad-on-the-Subway.’ Among the collections of O. Henry stories are The Four Million [1906, which contains his famous story ‘The Gift of the Magi’], The Voice of the City (1908), and Options (1909)” (Benét’s Reader’s Encyclopedia).
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14 volumes, large octavo (227 150 mm). Contemporary red half morocco by Stikeman, spines gilt in compartments, grey endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Extra-illustrated with two versions of each plate. A superb, fresh set, handsomely bound.