Title: TALES OF THE GROTESQUE AND ARABESQUE - ...
Publisher: Cambridge, England: Worth Literary Classics, Inc., 2008
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 314 pages. Published in 2008. New Edition of the author's classic. One of the greatest American literary texts ever written. The 2008 Worth Literary Classics First Edition Thus. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2009 Reissued Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition Thus comes with a wraparound bellyband, which is missing in subsequent printings. The First Edition Thus is now scarce. Re-presents, in a very beautifully produced edition, Edgar Allan Poe's earliest masterpiece, "Tales of The Grotesque And Arabesque". "Introduced by Kevin Hayes, along with an essay on the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe's final days, and an essay by English professor Benjamin Fisher, 'Poe and The Gothic', this collection includes such Poe tales as 'The Imp of The Perverse'; 'Hop-Frog'; 'The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall'; 'Metzengerstein'; 'Berenice'; 'The Visionary'; 'Morella'; 'William Wilson'; and 'King Pest: A Tale Containing An Allegory'. Presented in flexible-clothbound covers with rounded corners, gold foil stamping, and an inset color plate, this fine modern edition of Poe features clean new typesetting, illustrated endpapers, and a ribbon marker. It also includes a color-illustrated publishing history of the tales and a color map of the places where Poe lived and wrote" (Publisher's blurb). A magisterial edition. An absolute "must-have" title for Edgar Allan Poe collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the Worth Literary Classics First Edition Thus/First Printing (complete number line ending in 1 and the wraparound bellyband completely intact) still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online are the subsequent printing. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of all time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDGAR ALLAN POE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1903025591. Bookseller Inventory # 19716
Synopsis: As well as the complete text in a clear modern typeface, each elegant volume includes engaging introductions by some of the world's most famous literary scholars, together with a full colour section introducing the author's characters, locations and times. The binding is luxury black imitation leather with rounded corners, elastic closure/bookmark, and a coloured disposable bellyband. This work includes an introduction by Kevin J Hayes, together with an essay on "Poe and the Gothic" by Benjamin F Fisher who is Professor of English in the University of Mississippi and is an internationally recognised specialist in American and Victorian Literature. There is a short essay entitled the "Mystery of Poe's Final Days".
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