Poe, Edgar Allan, The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Limited edition #581/1,000, ten volume set. New York: Fred de Fau and Co.,1902. Original brown cloth boards, brown slipcase
Presented is the ten volume set of The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe from the 1902 limited edition printing. This set is numbered 581 out of 1,000 and was printed out of New York by Fred de Fau and Company. The set includes black and white illustrations throughout.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American poet, critic, and short-story writer, famous for his cultivation of mystery and the macabre in fiction. In 1839 he became co-editor of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine in Philadelphia, for which he wrote some of his best-known stories of supernatural horror. His Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque appeared later in 1839 (dated 1840). In addition to his stories, Poe continued to write poetry, and his most famous poem, The Raven, brought him national fame when it appeared in 1845. Several of his works, including the poem The Bells, were published posthumously.
The complete works of Poe were compiled later, beginning in 1894, when scholars attempted to organize his prose. In 1902, multiple limited edition copies were published, including this rare set, which was a successful compilation of Poe’s life works.
This complete box set is bound in its original brown cloth boards. The paper is very clean, with no significant foxing or staining. The edges of the boards show slight wear and the binding is slightly loose, consistent with age. The original spines feature gilt motifs and the author’s name. The books include deckle edges and gilt top edges. The set is housed in matching brown slipcases, fitting five books each, with a photo of the author on one side. The set is signed by a previous owner.