THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM in THE GIFT. Edgar Allan POE.

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM in THE GIFT

Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843. First Edition. Hardcover. First state with 1843 date on title page and 1842 date on copyright page (both dates removed for the second state which followed shortly thereafter). Original publisher's gilt-decorated brown calf leather, 4-7/8" x 7-1/2", all edges gilt; [2], [17]-328 pages. Complete with all endpapers and 8 engraved plates, lacking several tissue guards. BAL 8069 & 16137. The first appearance in print of one of the best horror stories ever written and of profound influence on the genre. Early owner inscription on the front endpaper; scattered light foxing, a very clean copy. Some light edgewear, the spine gilt dull but readable. Overall an at least Very Good example of a book when found at all is usually quite worn. Item #019673

Price: $1,000.00