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SOLD - Vintage book The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in One Volume, Complete Tales and Poems, Bio/Intro by Hervey Allen 1927, SOFT leather cover

SOLD - Vintage book The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in One Volume, Complete Tales and Poems, Bio/Intro by Hervey Allen 1927, SOFT leather cover

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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.

Edgar Allan Poe is hard to sum up. He is ghastly, ghostly, king of horror and macabre, lover of dark and black and all that makes us quiver and scream and causes our hearts to shudder and beat, and beat, and beat in our own chests but maybe truly beneath the floorboards...

If you don't get the reference that is one more reason to buy this book. :)

So you could say all that, but despite it, he wrote many different things that you wouldn't necessarily attribute to him were they not collected here under his name. For instance his many works on dreams and dreaming, or tales like ""Hop-Frog" don't necessarily fall along what you'd think of relating to Poe, as well as with more serious topics that don't necessarily dance into the darkness but discuss other thoughts the intelligent man had, such as "The Power of Words" or his musings on writing and creativity. "Message Found in a Bottle" is for instance considered early science fiction! "Sonnet to Science" expresses his feelings on a subject outside his genre, too.

There are these examples, but there are of course many, many, many darker themes and works included in here, namely the opening poem/story "The Raven" and other classics like "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget," or "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Imp of the Perverse" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Premature Burial" and--

Oh there are so many works in here I could go on and on, and so many of Poe's writings were utterly creepy! It was his natural state, clearly, to be in the shadows and let his mind wander to the thoughts many of us try to keep away. This made him famous, and infamous, and the legend he continues to be. The world needs people like Poe, and we are lucky to have had him for the short time we did so that he could make his mark upon history with his writing.

Here are some examples of the powerful writing I'm talking about:

"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence, whether much that is glorious, whether all that is profound, does not spring from disease of thought, from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."

You see what I mean?

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."

"And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave." (I mean, come on, Poe! Lighten up! But really, don't.)

And here is one that strikes me SO CLOSELY TODAY given everything that has been going on in this country (America) politically (Spring 2017) --

"We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation - to make a point - than to further the cause of truth."

Oh, Poe, you have no idea how right you are.

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

-Full title: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in One Volume (Complete Tales and Poems, Special Biographical Introduction)
-Author: Edgar Allan Poe
-Editor: Hervey Allen "Author of 'Anthony Adverse'"
-Format: Soft leather cover, gilt detail on spine and front, special one-volume edition with introduction and biographical sketch, inscribed on front (see Provenance for inscription)
-Condition: Wonderful! The perfect "old book" look and feel, without coming apart or ripping, etc. :)
-Publisher: Walter J Black, Inc, 2 Park Avenue New York NY
-Copyright: 1927 Walter J Black Co.
-Date published: 1927
-Provenance: I found this one in Connecticut a few weeks ago (May 2017) in a rare bookstore I go to where I was proud to find it before someone else could! Such a gem. It used to be owned by someone named Florence, who gave it to her husband with the inscription "To my husband, with all my love, Florence, Christmas '35" in flowery script. I love imagining who they were, and I'm sad I'll never know, but holding the book she gave to him makes me happy anyway.
-Pricing: I priced this book based on others I could (not) find online in one volume, and the condition of it (great for being nearly a century old!), and the fact that not many Poe books are as expansive and whole in their accumulation of the author's works (they really are all here, amazingly). In addition, the book's soft leather cover makes it stand out from other books in general, giving it a special old-world quality and feel.
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.

Edgar Allan Poe is hard to sum up. He is ghastly, ghostly, king of horror and macabre, lover of dark and black and all that makes us quiver and scream and causes our hearts to shudder and beat, and beat, and beat in our own chests but maybe truly beneath the floorboards...

If you don't get the reference that is one more reason to buy this book. :)

So you could say all that, but despite it, he wrote many different things that you wouldn't necessarily attribute to him were they not collected here under his name. For instance his many works on dreams and dreaming, or tales like ""Hop-Frog" don't necessarily fall along what you'd think of relating to Poe, as well as with more serious topics that don't necessarily dance into the darkness but discuss other thoughts the intelligent man had, such as "The Power of Words" or his musings on writing and creativity. "Message Found in a Bottle" is for instance considered early science fiction! "Sonnet to Science" expresses his feelings on a subject outside his genre, too.

There are these examples, but there are of course many, many, many darker themes and works included in here, namely the opening poem/story "The Raven" and other classics like "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget," or "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Imp of the Perverse" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Premature Burial" and--

Oh there are so many works in here I could go on and on, and so many of Poe's writings were utterly creepy! It was his natural state, clearly, to be in the shadows and let his mind wander to the thoughts many of us try to keep away. This made him famous, and infamous, and the legend he continues to be. The world needs people like Poe, and we are lucky to have had him for the short time we did so that he could make his mark upon history with his writing.

Here are some examples of the powerful writing I'm talking about:

"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence, whether much that is glorious, whether all that is profound, does not spring from disease of thought, from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."

You see what I mean?

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."

"And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave." (I mean, come on, Poe! Lighten up! But really, don't.)

And here is one that strikes me SO CLOSELY TODAY given everything that has been going on in this country (America) politically (Spring 2017) --

"We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation - to make a point - than to further the cause of truth."

Oh, Poe, you have no idea how right you are.

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

-Full title: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in One Volume (Complete Tales and Poems, Special Biographical Introduction)
-Author: Edgar Allan Poe
-Editor: Hervey Allen "Author of 'Anthony Adverse'"
-Format: Soft leather cover, gilt detail on spine and front, special one-volume edition with introduction and biographical sketch, inscribed on front (see Provenance for inscription)
-Condition: Wonderful! The perfect "old book" look and feel, without coming apart or ripping, etc. :)
-Publisher: Walter J Black, Inc, 2 Park Avenue New York NY
-Copyright: 1927 Walter J Black Co.
-Date published: 1927
-Provenance: I found this one in Connecticut a few weeks ago (May 2017) in a rare bookstore I go to where I was proud to find it before someone else could! Such a gem. It used to be owned by someone named Florence, who gave it to her husband with the inscription "To my husband, with all my love, Florence, Christmas '35" in flowery script. I love imagining who they were, and I'm sad I'll never know, but holding the book she gave to him makes me happy anyway.
-Pricing: I priced this book based on others I could (not) find online in one volume, and the condition of it (great for being nearly a century old!), and the fact that not many Poe books are as expansive and whole in their accumulation of the author's works (they really are all here, amazingly). In addition, the book's soft leather cover makes it stand out from other books in general, giving it a special old-world quality and feel.

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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.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
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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