Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales - Lettered Edition

Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales - Lettered Edition

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Torture chambers. Premature burials. Spectral birds. Crumbling castles. Men gone mad by revenge. Women who return from the grave. These are the deranged fantasies and dark superstitions spun into masterpieces of terror by Edgar Allan Poe.

Best known for his poems and short fiction, Poe perfected the psychological thriller, invented the detective story, and transported readers to his own supernatural realm. Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales features the complete works of the author, including all of Poe’s most macabre short stories such as “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Masque of the Red Death,” as well as every poem of haunting genius like “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee” and “The Haunted Palace.” Together, these poems and tales reveal the extraordinary spectrum of Poe’s idealism, his visionary qualities, his responsiveness to beauty and love, and his fascination with the eerie and morbid.

Also included in these complete works are Politian, Poe’s only play; The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Poe’s only complete novel; The Journal of Julius Rodman, Poe’s second unfinished novel; “The Light-House,” Poe’s last incomplete work; and several dozen articles and essays written by the author.

The edition includes over eighty pages of bonus content, including reproductions of 28 engravings by Gustave Doré for “The Raven” originally published in 1883, a Poe chronology, and four essays by Poe; “Letter to B———,” “The Philosophy of Composition,” “The Rationale of Verse,” and “The Poetic Principle.”

Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales features the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s work, edited Patrick F. Quinn. First published in 1984 by The Library of America, Quinn’s edition of Poe’s complete writings took extensive care to select an authoritative text of each work. The printing and publishing history of every item was thoroughly investigated in order to choose a version that incorporated all of Poe’s own revisions without reproducing errors or changes introduced by later editors. Upon publication, The New York Review of Books referred to it as, “the first truly dependable collection of Poe’s poetry and tales.”

One of the most important and influential American writers of the 19th century, Edgar Allan Poe’s disturbing, powerful and inventive voice continues to haunt and enthrall readers.

The limited edition of Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions.


  • 6" x 9¼" trim size.
  • 1294 Pages.
  • Limited to 26 copies.
  • Signed by Michael J. Deas and Kelley Hensing.
  • Binding design inspired by Cosway-style bindings as well as gold-tooled binding styles contemporary with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Full black Harmatan goatskin binding, with an inset, printed portrait of Edgar Allan Poe under beveled glass.
  • Top edge is gilt with 24k gold leaf, endbands are hand-sewn in three colors of silk thread, and headcaps are formed.
  • Boards are attached with an extended cloth hinge, the spine is lined and sanded smooth, and a spine inlay is attached with four false raised bands.
  • Binding is hand tooled in 23.5k gold leaf on the boards, spine, and board edges, and tooled in blind on the turn-ins.
  • The portrait is set into the boards before being in-filled from the inside.
  • Flyleaves and island pastedown are Jemma Lewis marbled papers.
  • Handbound by Samuel Feinstein in Chicago, Illinois.
  • New exclusive introduction by Michael J. Deas.
  • Reproduction of the Edgar Allan Poe oil painting by Michael J. Deas for the 2008 commemorative postage stamp.
  • Ten black and white illustrations by Kelley Hensing.
  • Over 80 pages of bonus content, including reproductions of 28 engravings by Gustave Doré for “The Raven” originally published in 1883.
  • Set in Miller and Scotch types, and printed offset on Mohawk Superfine paper.
  • Housed in a quarter leather rounded-spine clamshell box, the round being shaped wood, with inserts covered in velvet flocked velour, and the spine hand-tooled in 23.5k gold leaf.
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Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2019 by Kelley Hensing.
Lettered edition photography by Yegor Malinovskii.

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