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  • TWAIN, MARK

    The Prince and the Pauper. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882

    FIRST EDITION. A departure from Twain’s previous novels, this tale of sixteenth-century England was intended as a work for children and the family circle. The book is illustrated with nearly 200 wood engravings. Twain declared that the boys in those illustrations “look and dress exactly as I used to cast them in my mind … It is a vast pleasure to see them cast in the flesh, so to speak.”

    $3,800

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “William Wilson” in The Gift for 1840. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1840 [1839]

    FIRST EDITION. Contains the first printing of “William Wilson.”  This allegorical tale of the soul’s encounter with the spectre conscience is deeply autobiographical. William Wilson shares Poe’s birthday, and the setting for the story recalls elements from Poe’s childhood school days in England as well as his university days at Charlottesville. This autobiographical tale of doubleness, which Robertson describes as “in my opinion the most profound expression of psychological introspection ever formulated,” holds important clues to Poe’s development as a child and young man.

    $600

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “Eulalie – A Song” in American Review. New York,

    First printing.

    $400