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    Edgar Allan Poe. Mesmerism "In Articulo Mortis." An astounding and horrifying narrative, showing the extraordinary power of mesmerism in arresting the progress of death. London: Short & Co., 1846. First separate edition. 16mo. 16 pages. Printed self-wrappers. Very minor edgewear, some offsetting, minor intermittent foxing, moderate toning to page 16 (final leaf, verso). Publisher's blue cloth chemise; with the bookplate of Carolyn Wells (American writer and poet) spine lettered in gilt, corners just rubbed. Near fine.

    Originally published in the American Whig Review in December 1845, this is the first separate edition and a classic example of Poe's "hoax story," a style which has gone on to significantly influence the development of modern supernatural literature, particularly that of the school of Lovecraft. (Bleiler).

    BAL 16151; Bleiler, Supernatural, 1316.; Heartman and Canny, page 111. From the Gary Munson Collection

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