SPLENDIDLY BOUND COLLECTION OF POE'S WORKS IN LOVELY ART NOUVEAU VELLUM-GILT BINDINGS
POE, Edgar Allan. Works. Chicago: Stone and Kimball, 1894-1895. Ten volumes. Octavo, original full vellum, spines and boards elaborately gilt-stamped with Art Nouveau floral designs, uncut and mostly unopened. $5400.
Limited large-paper edition of Poe's complete works, number 46 of only 250 sets printed for America, illustrated with 19 full-page engravings by Albert Edward Sterner and with 10 portraits of Poe, finely printed on India paper and mounted, in elaborate publisher's vellum-gilt.
"Poe was the founder of the modern detective story… [as well as] the ablest critic of his time in America. In verse he achieved incomparable melodic effects… His influence has been incalculable in both verse and prose on later writers… 'This finest of finest of artists,' Bernard Shaw has called him" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 625). Includes Poe's tales, poems, literary criticism, and miscellaneous works. With critical introductions and notes by editors Edmund Clarence Stedman and George Edward Woodberry; Woodberry also provides a "memoir" of Poe at the beginning of Volume I. Other illustrations include portraits of Poe's wife and mother, three landscapes, and a facsimile of Poe's handwriting. Publication error in Volume VII (Literary Criticism) with the signature for pages 337-352 being replaced with a repeated signature of pages 113-128. Without one plate in Volume X.
Faint foxing to text in most volumes; toning to vellum of a few volumes. Volume VI with minor expert repairs to vellum binding. An exceptionally good copy of this lovely illustrated set.