Edgar A[llan] Poe. The Conchologist's First Book: or, A System of Testaceous Malacology. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, by Haswell, Barrington, and Haswell, 1839.

    First edition, ordinary issue (with uncolored plates). Twelvemo. 156 pages. With twelve uncolored lithographed plates, containing illustrations of 215 shells. Plate 3 is in BAL State A (no priority), with title at head: Parts of Shells.

    Original pink lithographed boards with brown roan spine ruled in gilt. Early owner's signature on upper part of title page. Lightly foxed throughout. Housed in a black cloth clamshell case with gilt morocco lettering label. An excellent copy of this very fragile book, rarely seen with the original spine.

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    The Conchologist's First Book is not, essentially, an original work, but an adaptation of The Conchologist's Text-Book (Glasgow, 1833), by Captain Thomas Brown. BAL 16131. Heartman and Canny, pp. 41-42.

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