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    First Appearances of Several of Poe's Short Stories and Articles

    [Edgar Allan Poe]. Four Books Containing the First Appearances of Several of Poe's Writings, including: The Gift, A Christmas and New Year's Present. Philadelphia: E. L. Carey and A. Hart, [1839]. Small octavo. 328 pages. Edited by Miss Leslie. Engraved plates. Full maroon leather, elaborately decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Coated yellow endpapers. Wear to edges and corners. Light foxing, primarily to title page and pages adjacent to plates. Spot to fore-edge. Very good. First appearance of Poe's "William Wilson." (BAL 16130.) [and:] Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine. Embellished with the Finest Mezzotinto and Steel Engravings, Elegant Embossed Work, Fashions and Music. Volume XX and Volume XXI (bound together). Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1842. One large octavo volume. 355; 344 pages. Numerous illustrations, some hand-colored, behind tissue guards. Half-bound in tan leather over marbled boards. Gilt stamping to spine. Boards rubbed and worn. Foxing throughout, significantly so to endpapers and pages adjacent to plates. Overall, a sound volume in very good condition. Includes the first appearance of "The Mask of the Red Death" (later published as "The Masque of the Red Death"). Also includes "An Appendix of Autographs," "A Few Words About Brainard," "Life In Death," "To One Departed," and "The Poetry of Rufus Dawes." [and:] The Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present for 1842. [1842]. Small octavo. 322 pages. Engraved plates. Full red leather, elaborately decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Coated yellow endpapers. Significant wear to binding, particularly at chipped spine ends; spine and front board separating at joint. Boards bowed. Endpapers rubbed and darkened. Foxing and toning to pages adjacent to title page and plates. A few pages dog-eared. Offsetting to two pages caused by laid-in newspaper clipping. Contents very good. First appearance of "Eleonora, A Fable." (BAL 16135.) [and:] Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature and Art. Volume XXXII. 1848. Large octavo. 356 pages. Numerous illustrations. Half-bound in leather over marbled boards. Red leather gilt-stamped label to spine. Binding rubbed and worn. Hinges cracked, but sturdy. Significant foxing throughout. Good to very good condition. The first printings of three installments of Poe's "Marginalia." (Also includes a tribute, "To the Author of The Raven" by Harriet B. Winslow - an ironic appearance in the pages of Graham's, as this very same magazine - the one that had once employed Edgar Allan Poe as an editor - had passed on publishing "The Raven" when it was originally submitted in 1845.)

    The Gift
    was an annual literary publication sold at the holidays to be given as fancy Christmas gifts. Poe had a few stories published by The Gift over the years, most notably "The Pit and the Pendulum" (not included in this lot). In 1840 or 1841, Poe joined Graham's Magazine as literary editor. During his time as editor, circulation increased dramatically. His own short stories, poetry and criticism appeared in the pages of the magazine during his short stint at the magazine (he left Graham's in mid-1842). A nice collection containing first appearances of several of Poe's writings.


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