Philadelphia: George Barrie & Son, 1894. Item #02838
Édition Des Amis Des Arts
Each Illustration in Three States
POE, Edgar Allan. The Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. With a biographical essay by John D. Ingram and twenty original etchings, five photogravures and a new etched portrait. Philadelphia: George Barrie & Son, 1894.
Édition Des Amis Des Arts, limited to 100 copies, this being copy no. 82 "especially printed and bound for Mr. M.H. Dingee." Six small quarto volumes (8 1/2 x 6 5/8 in; 215 x 167 mm). Twenty original etchings, five photogravures and a new etched portrait by F. Chifflart, each in three states, the third state of each frontispiece being full color; a total of 78 plates, six of which are in full color. Each with tissue guard and signed on the plate by Herpin, Ferat, Wogel, Meyer, et al.
Contemporary three-quarter crushed light gray morocco over marbled boards. Raised bands. Gilt lettered compartments. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Spines slightly faded to brown, still a fine set.
The complete works, including Tales of Imagination; Tales of Humor; Miscellaneous Tales; The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym; Prose Poems; Poems of Later Life; Poems of Manhood; Poems Written in Youth.
Issued during the golden age of finely bound sets, when publishers offered complete authors' works at various price points, from simple cloth to elaborate bindings, at the high end providing personalized copies bound to client specifications. This copy produced for Mr. M.H. Dingee of Lynchburgh, Virginia, the founder of M.H. Dingee & Co., manufacturers of the Royal Brand of lubricants, America's most respected (and extremely successful) maker and purveyor of special oils and greases from various sources for specific industrial needs.