DE QUINCEY, Thomas. Confessions of an English Opium Eater. London, Printed for John Taylor, 1826.
12mo. Half black morocco over marbled paper boards, spine decorated in gilt with raised bands and flower motifs, red spine label reading 'English Opium Eater' in gilt; pp. [ii], 206; a little light foxing to title page and light stain to fore edge corner towards the rear, text clean and bright throughout, sturdy binding, a lovely copy of a book prone to disrepair, rebound skilfully. Faint contemporary ink inscription to title-page reading "De Quincey".
Originally published anonymously in 1821, De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater describes his relationship to laudanum and his descent into the mires of addiction. It was an overnight sensation, and an influence on later writers - Edgar Allan Poe praised Confessions for its "glorious imagination — deep philosophy — acute speculation". De Quincey would later revise the book extensively to try and address concerns that his representation of opium was too positive, but this early and anonymous version contains the original text.