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    Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven. Illustrated. With Biographical Sketch of the Author. New York: W. Jennings Demorest, [n.d., circa 1870]. First separate American edition, and possibly the true first separate edition. Slim sixteenmo. [ii], [18], [1, blank], [1, ads], [2, blank] pages. With eighteen wood-engraved illustrations; decorative initials and decorative title page. Publisher's maroon cloth with gilt lettering and blind-stamped decorations and borders. Pale blue endpapers. All edges gilt. Binding rubbed at edges. Some minor loss to spine ends. Front hinge and joint cracked; board halfway attached. Front free endpaper has embossed store stamp and pencil gift inscription. Binding tight. Generally very good. From the Jerry Weist Collection.

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    Publisher W. Jennings Demorest offered this slim volume containing Poe's most popular work as a premium to subscribers of two of his magazines, Demorest's Monthly (1866-1877) and Demorest's Young America (1866-1875). This edition unknown to Blanck, but BAL 16216 lists an unseen "first separate edition" as being published in Glasgow in 1869 as a special issue, printed on lilac-tinted paper, possibly as a special edition for the blind. Rare.



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