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  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Leaves of Grass. New York: [for Walt Whitman], 1867

    This is the fourth Leaves of Grass. The failure of Thayer & Eldridge, publisher of the third edition (Boston, 1860), left Whitman in search of a publisher. The poet decided that the events of the Civil War called for another reimagining of Leaves of Grass. Whitman returned to his earlier practice and financed the publication himself, engaging the New York printer William E. Chapin. For the first time, the 1867 Leaves opened with the poem “Inscription,” which introduced the book in subsequent editions.

    $3,500

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Purloined Letter” in The Gift … for 1845. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845 [1844]

    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 annual that Heartman and Canny called “outstanding among the annuals for its sumptuous appearance.”

    $2,200

  • (MAGRITTE, RENÉ.) Mesens, E. L. T

    Troisième front poèmes de guerre suivi de pièces detachés. Third front & detached pieces. London Gallery Editions, 1944

    FIRST EDITON. Copy number 18 of 500 signed and numbered by Mesens. Inscribed to René Magritte and his wife: “A Georgette Magritte A René Magritte, l’exemplaire réservé pour lui, sa Femme, Noukels et Barfoot, depuis 1944. E. M.”

    $2,000

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass. Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass, 1891

    FIRST EDITION. This form of Good-Bye My Fancy is not in Myerson.

    $1,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Philadelphia, April 1844

    This contains the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” a tale combining the themes of reincarnation and mesmerism. Quinn wrote of this important tale:  “The realistic treatment of the supernatural was rarely better done by Poe.” This tale is set near the University of Virginia where Poe had been a student in 1826-7.

    $1,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Daguerreotype” in Alexander’s Weekly Messenger. Philadelphia, May 6, 1840

    First printing of this notice on the Daguerreotype. Poe notes of photography, “until the transcript can be produced on paper, its use can never prove detrimental to the interests of the engraver. This is true in part, but then the production of the Daguerreotype effects on paper is likely to be soon accomplished.”

    $1,200

  • JONSON, BEN

    The Works. With Notes Critical and Explanatory and a Biographical Memoir by W. Gifford Esq. With Introduction and Appendices by Lieut.-Col. F. Cunningham. London: Bickers, 1875

    Gifford’s edition of Jonson’s works played an important role in the Jonson revival.

    $900

  • JONSON, BEN

    The Works. With Notes Critical and Explanatory and a Biographical Memoir by W. Gifford Esq. London: for Nicol et al, 1816

    Gifford’s edition of Jonson’s works played an important role in the Jonson revival.

    $900

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Conqueror Worm” in Graham’s Magazine. Philadelphia, January 1843

    First printing of Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm,” the only poem Poe published in 1843. Mabbott describes this poem as “unsurpassed in its power and pessimism.”  This issue also contains the first printing of Longfellow’s “The Belfry of Bruges” and William Cullen Bryant’s “A Northern Legend.”

    $800

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Philosophy of Furniture” and “The Journal of Julius Rodman [pt 3]” in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine. Philadelphia, May 1840

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

    $800