Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe [Leather]
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The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edited and Chronologically Arranged on the Basis of Standard Text with Additional Material and with A Critical Introduction by Charles F. Richardson. Illustrated by Frederick Simpson Coburn.
10 Volume Set. Beautifully bound in Dark Blue 3/4 Alligator leather. Raised bands. Limited 482/500. Signed by publisher.
A very scarce set, one of the nicest editions of Poe ever published. The Arnheim Book-Lover's Edition includes very impressive illustrations printed on Japan vellum. Each volume has a decorated title page and limitation page printed in black and red. It contains all of the poetry and stories for which the author is so well known, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Beyond horror, Poe also wrote satires, humor tales, and hoaxes. For comic effect, he used irony and ludicrous extravagance, often in an attempt to liberate the reader from cultural conformity.
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Illustrations Frederick Simpson Coburn
Publisher: G. P. Putnam
Binding Alligator Blue Leather
Subject: Classics - Horror
Provenance: Butternut Grove
Condition Report Very Good Plus. Spines slightly faded. Just a beautiful set. Top edge gilt.