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SOLD - Vintage book hard to find copy, RARE edition, The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe, famous paste-in by artist Rolf Armstrong

SOLD - Vintage book hard to find copy, RARE edition, The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe, famous paste-in by artist Rolf Armstrong

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

REALLY THOUGH.

I have to almost shout it (through all caps, lol) to get it through my own head and understanding, because I did not know and still somewhat cannot accept that this version (undated but circa 1910) of Poe's amazing The Mystery of Marie Roget is one of the only of its kind.

This level of rare, and this level of renown literature, is almost beyond me.

Edgar Allan Poe is known near and far as the master of classic horror stories, mysteries and thrillers--just think of the beating heart under the house... ah! It gets me every time.

This book, though, this edition goes beyond that in that it comes too with a strong visual, but you get it before you even begin to read the work. Not an image of a heart beating under floorboards and the mania created by it above, but instead an image of a beautiful woman, illustrative of the woman who stars in this intricate mystery story, the tragic Marie Roget.

Rolf Armstrong's "The Eternal Question" is pasted-in as the frontispiece to this copy and signed by the artist at the bottom, though that likely came with the print. The artwork isn't titled "Marie Roget" of course, and its fame had nothing to do with Poe (or, at least, not much), but still by bringing the image and the book together in this edition the publisher (Reynolds Publishing Company) aligned two amazing works of art--literary and visual--to complement one another in the perfect matching.

And then, you start the story. "A Sequel to the Murders in the Rue Morgue" it states first, and so you should (but certainly don't need to) read The Murders in the Rue Morgue before you embark on this piece, but whether you do or not is up to you. I hadn't, and this story still stuck out to me (and then of course I raced to read the preceding story as fast as I could get my hands on it at the end).

This edition also begins with a quote that aptly describes this story, as Poe agreed, written by "The nom de plume of Von Hardenberg," saying:

"There are ideal series of events which run parallel with the real ones. They rarely coincide. Men and circumstances generally modify the ideal train of events, so that it seems imperfect, and its consequences are equally imperfect." This is meaningful because the book that birthed this story was based on true events, as is this one, but you cannot truly know where truth and fiction collide and coincide. I love that. It's like the movies that are based on true events: where does real life end and art begin?

The first sentence of the actual book gave me chills, though, so regardless of how appealing the frontispiece and title page and introductory quote and all, the book sealed the deal for me with these classic words from the master (or one of them) of words themselves, Edgar Allan Poe:

"There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvelous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them. Such sentiments--for the half-credences of which I speak have never the full force of thought--unless by reference to the doctrine of chance, or; as it is technically termed, the Calculus of Probabilities. Now, this Calculus is, in its essence, purely mathematical; and thus we have the anomaly of the most rigidly exact in science applied to the shadow and spirituality of the most intangible in speculation."

Chills, right?

Another fantastic addition to the story in this edition only are the footnotes, which give the real life details one so far in the future from when the book was written would like and might need. The footnotes begin by explaining the need for themselves, which I find funny: "Upon the original publication of "Marie Roget," the foot-notes now appended were considered unnecessary; but the lapse of several years since the tragedy upon which the tale is based, renders it expedient to give them, and also to say a few words in explanation of the general design."

I love that, too, that last line that Poe thought it "expedient" to give an explanation to the "general design" of the book itself, before you can even really start in on it. It's so typical of the great writers to want their work to be taken in perfectly, in the exact way they intended, themselves the most critical editors of their own work and even more critical, at times, of the readers and the reviewers who may not understand QUITE what the writer meant. Poe is the perfect example of this, and this work is the perfect example of his trying to control our experience of his mind on the paper. However you experience it, though, it will move you, I can guarantee you that.

Here's a quote to suggest this to you, to illustrate his style and the story itself:

"Meantime, the excitement increased hourly. Several individuals were arrested and discharged. St. Eustache fell especially under suspicion; and he failed, at first, to give an intelligible account of his where-about during the Sunday on which Marie left home. Subsequently, however, he submitted to Monsieur G-- affidavits, accounting satisfactorily for every hour of the day in question. As time passed no discovery ensued, a thousand contradictory rumors were circulated, and journalists busied themselves in suggestions. Among these, the one which attracted the most notice was the idea that Marie Roget still lived--that the corpse found in the Seine was that of some other unfortunate."

This last line spooks me, and is no small sentence in the book, which suggests many different lines of thinking as to what happened, until you are all discombobulated and have absolutely no idea what you thought at first, or whether you changed your opinion of what you think happened or whether you had no opinion at all to begin with.

Poe is a master, and this is a masterwork. Buy it today and read it every so often to marvel over the author's talent, and the way that real crimes can give inspiration to great pieces of writing. This continues into the present day, and never ceases to amaze me how inspiration can be so dark, but so beautiful at the same time.

In the story of Marie Roget, this is certainly true.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Mystery of Marie Roget
-Author: Edgar Allan Poe
-Illustrator: Rolf Armstrong
-Frontispiece: The Eternal Question
-Format: Soft black leather cover with gold title and border, rounded page-ends, full color signed frontispiece pasted-in on card, stapled binding, undated edition
-Condition: Like new, for a vintage book. Browned pages, you need to be careful reading it because of its age, but you could throw it across the room and it would stay together the stapled binding is so secure. But please, don't do that--the title page is somewhat ripped so you should be careful regardless :)
-Publisher: Reynolds Publishing Company
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Undated, research indicates 1910
-Provenance: This special book came to me in a personal way and I won't share the story, but it is unsigned so I don't know who had it before me. The person I got it from didn't know, it was pretty much just left with some other works on their shelves. It's like some ghost or spirit of literature's past came and left it for me to find. :)
-Pricing: This book exists almost nowhere, and contains a gorgeous work of art from Rolf Armstrong (very collectible) along with the story itself. Poe's works being especially collectible, the rarity is high with this one, and compared to other Poe editions and works it is definitely up there. A collector's item in the truest sense, its price was based on this and this alone. I would call it priceless, so I had to go by these guidelines to even put a number to it, lol. :)
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

REALLY THOUGH.

I have to almost shout it (through all caps, lol) to get it through my own head and understanding, because I did not know and still somewhat cannot accept that this version (undated but circa 1910) of Poe's amazing The Mystery of Marie Roget is one of the only of its kind.

This level of rare, and this level of renown literature, is almost beyond me.

Edgar Allan Poe is known near and far as the master of classic horror stories, mysteries and thrillers--just think of the beating heart under the house... ah! It gets me every time.

This book, though, this edition goes beyond that in that it comes too with a strong visual, but you get it before you even begin to read the work. Not an image of a heart beating under floorboards and the mania created by it above, but instead an image of a beautiful woman, illustrative of the woman who stars in this intricate mystery story, the tragic Marie Roget.

Rolf Armstrong's "The Eternal Question" is pasted-in as the frontispiece to this copy and signed by the artist at the bottom, though that likely came with the print. The artwork isn't titled "Marie Roget" of course, and its fame had nothing to do with Poe (or, at least, not much), but still by bringing the image and the book together in this edition the publisher (Reynolds Publishing Company) aligned two amazing works of art--literary and visual--to complement one another in the perfect matching.

And then, you start the story. "A Sequel to the Murders in the Rue Morgue" it states first, and so you should (but certainly don't need to) read The Murders in the Rue Morgue before you embark on this piece, but whether you do or not is up to you. I hadn't, and this story still stuck out to me (and then of course I raced to read the preceding story as fast as I could get my hands on it at the end).

This edition also begins with a quote that aptly describes this story, as Poe agreed, written by "The nom de plume of Von Hardenberg," saying:

"There are ideal series of events which run parallel with the real ones. They rarely coincide. Men and circumstances generally modify the ideal train of events, so that it seems imperfect, and its consequences are equally imperfect." This is meaningful because the book that birthed this story was based on true events, as is this one, but you cannot truly know where truth and fiction collide and coincide. I love that. It's like the movies that are based on true events: where does real life end and art begin?

The first sentence of the actual book gave me chills, though, so regardless of how appealing the frontispiece and title page and introductory quote and all, the book sealed the deal for me with these classic words from the master (or one of them) of words themselves, Edgar Allan Poe:

"There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvelous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them. Such sentiments--for the half-credences of which I speak have never the full force of thought--unless by reference to the doctrine of chance, or; as it is technically termed, the Calculus of Probabilities. Now, this Calculus is, in its essence, purely mathematical; and thus we have the anomaly of the most rigidly exact in science applied to the shadow and spirituality of the most intangible in speculation."

Chills, right?

Another fantastic addition to the story in this edition only are the footnotes, which give the real life details one so far in the future from when the book was written would like and might need. The footnotes begin by explaining the need for themselves, which I find funny: "Upon the original publication of "Marie Roget," the foot-notes now appended were considered unnecessary; but the lapse of several years since the tragedy upon which the tale is based, renders it expedient to give them, and also to say a few words in explanation of the general design."

I love that, too, that last line that Poe thought it "expedient" to give an explanation to the "general design" of the book itself, before you can even really start in on it. It's so typical of the great writers to want their work to be taken in perfectly, in the exact way they intended, themselves the most critical editors of their own work and even more critical, at times, of the readers and the reviewers who may not understand QUITE what the writer meant. Poe is the perfect example of this, and this work is the perfect example of his trying to control our experience of his mind on the paper. However you experience it, though, it will move you, I can guarantee you that.

Here's a quote to suggest this to you, to illustrate his style and the story itself:

"Meantime, the excitement increased hourly. Several individuals were arrested and discharged. St. Eustache fell especially under suspicion; and he failed, at first, to give an intelligible account of his where-about during the Sunday on which Marie left home. Subsequently, however, he submitted to Monsieur G-- affidavits, accounting satisfactorily for every hour of the day in question. As time passed no discovery ensued, a thousand contradictory rumors were circulated, and journalists busied themselves in suggestions. Among these, the one which attracted the most notice was the idea that Marie Roget still lived--that the corpse found in the Seine was that of some other unfortunate."

This last line spooks me, and is no small sentence in the book, which suggests many different lines of thinking as to what happened, until you are all discombobulated and have absolutely no idea what you thought at first, or whether you changed your opinion of what you think happened or whether you had no opinion at all to begin with.

Poe is a master, and this is a masterwork. Buy it today and read it every so often to marvel over the author's talent, and the way that real crimes can give inspiration to great pieces of writing. This continues into the present day, and never ceases to amaze me how inspiration can be so dark, but so beautiful at the same time.

In the story of Marie Roget, this is certainly true.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Mystery of Marie Roget
-Author: Edgar Allan Poe
-Illustrator: Rolf Armstrong
-Frontispiece: The Eternal Question
-Format: Soft black leather cover with gold title and border, rounded page-ends, full color signed frontispiece pasted-in on card, stapled binding, undated edition
-Condition: Like new, for a vintage book. Browned pages, you need to be careful reading it because of its age, but you could throw it across the room and it would stay together the stapled binding is so secure. But please, don't do that--the title page is somewhat ripped so you should be careful regardless :)
-Publisher: Reynolds Publishing Company
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Undated, research indicates 1910
-Provenance: This special book came to me in a personal way and I won't share the story, but it is unsigned so I don't know who had it before me. The person I got it from didn't know, it was pretty much just left with some other works on their shelves. It's like some ghost or spirit of literature's past came and left it for me to find. :)
-Pricing: This book exists almost nowhere, and contains a gorgeous work of art from Rolf Armstrong (very collectible) along with the story itself. Poe's works being especially collectible, the rarity is high with this one, and compared to other Poe editions and works it is definitely up there. A collector's item in the truest sense, its price was based on this and this alone. I would call it priceless, so I had to go by these guidelines to even put a number to it, lol. :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

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Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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