• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 174

    POE, Edgar Allan. The Literati: some honest opinions about Autorial Merits and Demerits, with Occasional Words of Personality...with a Sketch of the Author by Rufus Wilmot Griswold. New York: J.S. Redfield, 1850.

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    POE, Edgar Allan. The Literati: some honest opinions about Autorial Merits and Demerits, with Occasional Words of Personality...with a Sketch of the Author by Rufus Wilmot Griswold. New York: J.S. Redfield, 1850.

    12o. (Some very minor pale spotting.) Original publisher's brown blindstamped cloth, lettered in gilt on spine (slightest wear at foot of spine, otherwise fine and bright); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Cornelia Bradley (early signature on front flyleaf).

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, BAL's binding F. Comprises the third volume of the four volume posthumous collection of Poe's works (see previous lot). Griswold's defamatory "Memoir" which precedes The Literati constituted the standard Poe biography for years. BAL 16159; Heartman & Canny, p. 131. A FINE COPY.


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