First Appearances of Edgar Allan Poe's William Wilson, Elenora and The Pit and the Pendulum

  • The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present for 1840, 1842 and 1843.

The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present for 1840, 1842 and 1843.

$2,500.00

Item Number: 37053

Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1839-1842.

Octavo, three volumes, original cloth, elaborate gilt tooling, illustrated with all engraving complete. The Gift 1849 contains the first appearance of Poe‘s William Wilson. The Gift 1842 contains the first appearance of Poe’s Elenora. The Gift 1843 contains the first appearance of The Pit and the Pendulum, which appears on pages 133 through 152. Heartman and Canny, p. 69; BAL 16137 Edited by Miss Leslie.

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

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