"MY WAY OF WRITING IS RATHER TO THINK ALOUD, AND FOLLOW MY OWN HUMOURS"
DE QUINCEY, Thomas. Works. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1862-63, 1871. Sixteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary half straight-grain red morocco gilt, green morocco spine labels, top edges gilt. $2500.
Third collected edition of Thomas De Quincey's works, including his contributions to periodicals, with frontispiece portraits and numerous illustrations, handsomely bound.
De Quincey's "rich imagination enabled him… to become one of the great masters of English in what he calls the 'department of impassioned prose'… he has left many writings which… are unrivaled in modern English" (DNB). Includes Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, as well as biographies, reviews, and essays concerning literary figures from Milton to Coleridge.
One volume with expert joint repair, otherwise fine. A handsome set.