TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE Franklin Library Limited Leather Edition + Notes
Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania, 1974. Printed in the United States, bound in Switzerland. A Limited Edition published exclusively for Subscribers of the Limited Editions Collection, The 100 Greatest Books of All Time. The text is that of the definitive "Virginia Edition," edited by James A. Harrison and published in 1902. The leather binding is of topgrain cowhide, with a deep and lustrous finish, the cover and spine ornamentation is of genuine gold, worked with hand-routed dies of solid brass.
Hardbound in full maroon leather with embossed gilt decorations on the covers, spine with gilt titling, decorations and 5 raised bands, all edges gilt, 9.5" x 6.25", eggshell cream silk moire endpapers, and sewn silk bookmark, 322 pages, b&w illustrations by Jay S. Etkin throughout. NEAR FINE Condition: tight, bright, clean, unmarked, no bookplates or signs of use, the book looks and feels unread. A handsome and collectible copy. Also included is the original Publisher's softcover insert "Notes From The Editors," 22 pages, illustrated staple bound booklet in NEAR FINE Condition.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) The Dark Lord of Gothic Horror. A tortured soul, Poe tried to kill himself by overdosing on laudanum in 1848. He died in Baltimore at 40, the cause of his death remains vague.