[Edgar Allan Poe]. The Gift: A Christmas, New Year, and Birthday Present. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, [1845]. The first appearance of "The Purloined Letter," pages 41-61. This is the second issue of The Gift, lacking the publication date and the printed title page. Engraved title page, illustrated with engraved plates. Octavo. iv, 300 pages. Full brown morocco over boards. Gilt designs to boards and spine; gilt lettering to title label on spine. Some foxing. Some of the signatures loose. Hinges weak. Some scuffing to the boards. Overall, very good. A shorter version of "The Purloined Letter" appeared within a few weeks of The Gift in Chamber's Edinburgh Journal, but Heartman and Canny give this American printing priority. BAL 16143, Heartman & Canny, p. 89. From the Jerry Weist Collection.

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