FINE SET OF THE WORKS OF THOMAS DE QUINCEY
DE QUINCEY, Thomas. The Works of Thomas De Quincey “The English Opium-Eater.” Including all his Contributions to Periodical Literature. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1862-63, 1871. Sixteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary half red straight-grain morocco gilt, green morocco spine labels, top edges gilt. $2500.
Third collected edition, 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.