Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1894-1895. First Trade Edition. "The most ambitious publishing project of Stone & Kimball, conceived in enthusiasm and carried out with care, this has remained the standard edition of Poe" (Kramer, History of Stone & Kimball, 35). At the time of publication, it was the first complete and true edition of Poe's works, accompanied by critical introductions and notes; the trade edition was issued simultaneously in cloth and half-levant, with a small run of large paper copies, and a limited issue bound in vellum. BAL 16168. Item #4588
Cloth Issue. Ten octavo volumes (19.5cm); original hunter green cloth, with titling and Art Nouveau decorations stamped in gilt on spines; top edges gilt; xvi,343,; [iv],334,; [viii],325,; [viii],297,; [viii],361,; xxvi,331,; [viii],355,; xii,352,; [viii],317,; xxxvi,313,pp, with engraved frontispiece portraits of Poe and his family, and inserted plates of illustrations by Albert Edward Sterner. Contemporary owners ink signature to front pastedown of each volume (C.G. Babcock, June '96); light overall wear to spine ends and extremities, corners bumped or pushed (though mostly still sharp), with upper gilt edges a bit dulled and dusty, and varying degrees of dulling and rubbing to spine gilt; occasional rubbed spots to covers, with a handful of scuffs and scratches to rear cover of Vol.10; spine a bit rolled on Vol.1, with the hinges cracked but holding; a few preliminary leaves roughly opened in Vol.5; subtle indentations to upper fore-edges on Vols. 5-10; contents clean; Very Good.