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    First Edition of Poe's Landmark Book, Tales of Grotesque and Arabesque.

    Edgar Allan Poe. Tales of Grotesque and Arabesque. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840. First edition, one of only 750 copies printed. With the following issue points (priority not established): in volume II, page number 213 is correct and the hyphen and the "I" on page 219 both appear below the line. Two octavo volumes bound in one. 243, [1, blank]; 228, [2, blank] pages. Bound without ads, otherwise complete. Covers and spine missing. Marbled free endpapers only. Text foxed and soiled. Good.

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    "These volumes mark the culmination of Poe's effort, beginning as early as 1834 to get his prose tales into volume form. It is a milestone in his career as a prose writer, but was a failure commercially" (Heartman & Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, page 53). BAL 16133. Heartman and Canny, pp. 49-54.





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