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The Purloined Letter

POE, EDGAR ALLAN. “The Purloined Letter” in The Gift … for 1845

Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845 [1844]

Original black morocco with gilt-stamped rules and floral decorations. Light wear and foxing. A fine copy.

FIRST EDITION. Contains the first printing of “The Purloined Letter,” perhaps the greatest of Poe’s detective stories” (Mabbott). As was customary, this gift book was offered in October or November in time for the holiday trade. This allowed for the printing of an abridged version of the tale in Chamber’s Edinburgh Journal of November 30, 1844.

This is a handsome copy of the literary annual that Heartman and Canny called “outstanding among the annuals for its sumptuous appearance.”