London: Henry Vizetelly, 1852. First U.K. edition. Pebbled publisher's cloth binding with title in gilt to spine. All edges speckled red. Light edgewear and some loss of cloth to extremities, particularly crown and foot of spine; a bit of sunning and offsetting to spine and boards. Bookplate of Stanley Collins to front pastedown. Clean and unmarked internally, and featuring numerous woodcut illustrations throughout. Preceding the Clarke, Beeton & Company issue, and with all issue points called for by BAL. A pleasing, scarce example of the first appearance of Poe's Tales in the U.K.. currently the only copy on the market.
Released shortly before Vizetelly was bought out by Clarke & Company (later Clarke, Beeton and Company), the present issue brought Poe's Tales of Mystery, Imagination and Humour to a British audience. Accompanied by a series of poems and illustrations, it visually intensified the macabre aspects of Poe's work and made it accessible to a wide readership. Included in this selection are Poe's famous Purloined Letter, The Mystery of Marie Roget, Annabel Lee, and The Raven.
BAL 16205. (Item #4111)