• 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 173

    POE, Edgar Allan. The Works of the late Edgar Allan Poe; with Notices of His Life and Genius. By B.P. Willis, J.R. Lowell and R.R. Griswold. New York: J.S. Redfield, 1850 (Vols. I-III); 1856 (Vol. IV).

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    POE, Edgar Allan. The Works of the late Edgar Allan Poe; with Notices of His Life and Genius. By B.P. Willis, J.R. Lowell and R.R. Griswold. New York: J.S. Redfield, 1850 (Vols. I-III); 1856 (Vol. IV).

    4 volumes, 12o. Engraved portrait. Vols. I-II: original matching publisher's blue cloth stamped in blind and lettered on spine in gilt (slightest rubbing and fading); Vols. III-IV in varying publisher's brown cloth; cloth chemises. Provenance: John T. McViccar (bookplates Vols. I-II); Arthur Swann (bookplates in vol. I; his sale Parke-Bernet, 22 March 1960, lot 339); Florence & Edward Kaye (bookplate in each volume).

    FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, FIRST PRINTINGS. The third volume was published separately and comprises the First Edition of The Literati, and includes Griswold's sketch of the author. The first three volumes were published in 1850; the fourth volume was not published until 1856. It became the standard edition of Poe's works for 25 years, and served as the model for nearly another quarter of a century. It is also the edition upon which Charles Baudelaire based his famous translations of Poes works into French in Histoires Extraordinaires (1856), Nouvelles Histoires Extraordinaires (1857) and Histoires Grotesques et Sérieuses (1865). BAL 16158, 16159 and 16161; Heartman & Canny, pp. 129-33. THE VERY FINE McVICCAR-SWANN-KAYE SET. (4)


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