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Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Works, ten volumes, 1902

Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Works, ten volumes, 1902

POE, Edgar Allan. The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, In Ten Volumes with Sixty Photogravures, the Annabel Edition. With a critical introduction by Charles F. Richardson, professor of English in Dartmouth College. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London, the knickerbocker Press, 1902.


Ten uniformly bound octavo volumes in original blue cloth. Gold text and details on spines as well as encircled authors initials on each front cover. Gilt top edges. Uncut foredges. Spines a little sunned. One spread in one volume has partial brown discoloration (apparently from something having been slipped in between the pages at some point, see photos). Remainder of text blocks clean, bright, and tight throughout. Embellished not only with 60 photogravures but also a number of black and white figures (floral, bees, raven, etc). Photogravures protected by tissue overlay with red ink titles printed on them. 


Poe, of course, remains the revered master of horror. However, as the contents of this collection demonstrate, he was a prolific critic, hoaxer, and author of satire. His sense of humor, though dark, shines through wonderfully in his less-celebrated works. 


Of the many early 20th century multivolume sets of Poe, the Annabel edition seems to be significantly scarcer than most others. The photogravures are pleasantly frightful, both in their content as well as their hues.