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Poe on design and decorating

POE, EDGAR ALLAN. “The Philosophy of Furniture” and “The Journal of Julius Rodman [pt 3]” in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine

Philadelphia, May 1840

Original wrappers. Fine.

First printing of Poe’s “The Philosophy of Furniture,” an essay on interior design and decorating. He contrasts the elevated taste of the English, and other Europeans, with that of Americans.

“Yankees are preposterous,” attributing the fault to the lack of a hereditary aristocracy. Instead the “aristocracy of dollars” makes decoration in America a “mere parade of costly appurtenances” to create an “impression of the beautiful.” Poe goes on to details his theories of decoration and design.

This issue also contains the third installment of Poe’s “The Journal of Julius Rodman” and a number of reviews by Poe.

$800