THE PURLOINED LETTER in THE GIFT: A CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR, AND BIRTHDAY PRESENT 1845. Edgar Allan POE.

THE PURLOINED LETTER in THE GIFT: A CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR, AND BIRTHDAY PRESENT 1845

Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845. First Edition. Hardcover. Original highly gilt-decorated reddish-brown calf, a superb publisher's gift binding. BAL 4024 & 16143. The first appearance in print of this classic Poe piece collected the same year in his TALES. Other first appearances include Longfellow (BAL 12074) and Emerson (BAL 5202). Illustrated with 8 engravings, mostly by J. Cheney and J. I. Pease, including one titled "Washington Crossing the Alleghany" by R. W. Dodson. Internally mostly clean but for staining to the title page, occasional foxing mostly to pages near the engravings, some dampstaining towards the rear. Covers tight, though it seems the rear hinge may have been reglued to the text block, with a small piece at the top of the spine also reglued to the backstrip; some rubbing and fading to the covers. Still Very Good. Item #020273

Price: $850.00