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POE, Edgar Allan.


New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845 Stock Code: 136458
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An influential collection featuring Poe's fantastical writing

First edition, first printing, with the New York imprint, one of 1,500 copies issued; this copy with the half-title present.

This collection of 12 tales features some of Poe's most significant fantastical stories, such as the horrific "The Black Cat", which contains "a complementary mixture of supernaturalism and dramatic irony" (Magill, p. 1674), the "mature fantasy" of "The Fall of the House of Usher", and the "proto-science fiction" of "The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion" and "Mesmeric Revelation" (Magill, p. 1667). The theme of this final story "had great influence in the development of modern supernatural fiction, particularly that of the school of Lovecraft" (Bleiler).

The collection was selected by the editor Evert Augustus Duyckinck and revised by Poe to produce a cohesive work. Poe's Tales were warmly received and praised on the front page of the New York Tribune, its success proving "a vindication of Poe's move to New York" (Collins, p. 70).

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Octavo (180 x 115 mm). Early 20th-century blue morocco, titles to spine in gilt, spine elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments with raised bands, triple rule gilt frames and decorative cornerpieces to covers in gilt, marbled endpapers, turn-ins rolled in gilt, top edge gilt.


Bound without the advertisements, as often. From the noted library of Frederic R. Kirkland (1887-1961) with his bookplate to front pastedown. Near-contemporary gift inscription to first blank, "Bruce L. Thomas to J. J. Lindman". Tissue reinforcements to inner hinges, skilful paper restoration to half-title and title page. Spine gently toned, negligible rubbing to extremities; a handsome, bright, copy.


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