East Aurora, NY: Roycrofters, 1901. Item #04125
"Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, While I Pondered, Weak and Weary…"
POE, Edgar Allan. Poems… Done into a printed book by the Roycrofters. East Aurora NY: Roycrofters, 1901.
First edition thus, with a foreword by Michael Monahan.
Octavo (9 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches; 232 x 150 mm.). [iv], [i-v], [1, blank], [1, half-title], [1, blank], -50, , 1, colophon], [1, blank] pp. With a fine frontispiece portrait of Poe with original tissue guard. The title page with a decorative border by Samuel Warner, enclosing the title and also a woodcut portrait of Lenore.
Three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards rules in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, four with an inlaid morocco flower on a stem. Matching marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal rubbing to board edges, otherwise near fine.
The colophon reads "So here endeth selected Poems by Edgar Allan Poe. The title page and ornaments being after designs by Samuel Warner, the typography by Andrew Andrews, and the whole done into a book by the Roycrofters at their Shop, which is in East Aurora, N.Y., 1901."
The Poems includes are: The Raven; Lenore; The Bells; Annabel Lee; Ulalume; The Coliseum; To Helen; To My Mother; Hymn; The Haunted Palace; The Conquerer Worm; To One in Paradise; The City in the Sea;
The Sleeper; The Valley of Unrest; Dreamland; Eulalie; Israfel; For Annie; Eldorado; A Dream Within a Dream; To Helen; To Zante; To F___
Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists which formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. Elbert Hubbard founded the community in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, New York, near Buffalo. Participants were known as Roycrofters. The work and philosophy of the group, often referred to as the Roycroft movement, had a strong influence on the development of American architecture and design in the early 20th century.