New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1902. Item #04169
The Book-Lover' s Eldorado Edition of the Works of Edgar Allan Poe
POE, Edgar Allan. The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Edited and Chronologically Arranged on the Basis of the Standard Text, with Certain Additional Material and with a Critical Introduction by Charles F. Richardson… Illustrated by Frederick Simpson Coburn. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, .
Book-Lover's Eldorado Edition. Limited to 1,050 numbered sets (this set being No. 608). Ten octavo volumes (8 11/16 x 5 3/4 inches; 222 x 146 mm.). Photogravure frontispieces and plates with descriptive tissue guards. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials.
Bound ca. 1902 in publisher's three-quarter maroon morocco over red cloth boards, ruled in gilt. Spines with two raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt with a floral design and lettered in gilt in compartments, light red cloth liners and end-leaves, top edge gilt, others uncut. minimal rubbing to extremities otherwise a fine set.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), “American poet, critic, and short-story writer famous for his cultivation of mystery and the macabre in fiction…In 1839 he became coeditor of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine in Philadelphia, for which he wrote some of his best-known stories of supernatural horror. His Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque appeared later in 1839 (dated 1840). In addition to his stories Poe continued to write poetry, and his most famous poem, ‘The Raven,’ brought him national fame when it appeared in 1845. Several of his works, including the poem ‘The Bells,’ were published posthumously” (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).