POE, Edgar Allan. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. London: J. Shiells & Co., 1895.
8vo., 8 vols.; finely bound by G. P. Putnam & Sons in half red calf over marbled boards; with five raised bands, two contrasting leather labels, and gilt decorative tooling to spine; matching marbled endpapers; upper edge gilt, others untrimmed; with silk ribbon markers in each pp. [ix], 2-314, [iv]; [xi], 2-317, [v]; [xi], 2-316, [vi]; [xi], 2-310, [vi]; [xiii], 2-318, [vi]; [xi], 2-329, [v]; [xi], 2-287, [v]; [xi], 2-287, [v]; with 24 fine photogravure plates; some pages unopened, Vol. I missing front tissue-guard to frontis; light wear and browning to spines, slightly more so to volume I; with the odd scratch and mark to leather; edges and prelims very lightly spotted; overall internally clean copies. A charming set.
American Romantic writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe is sometimes credited with the invention of the genre of detective fiction, and is best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. He published a number of works in his youth, both poem and prose, but it was The Raven, appearing in The Evening Mirror in 1845, which shot him to fame, and made him a household name overnight. He died just three years later from mysterious causes. His poems and short stories are best known for their Gothic and Dark Romantic genre, though he also experimented with satire and science fiction.
Early translations of Poe's works by Charles Baudelaire meant that he quickly gained fame throught Europe, and he also had a strong influence on many other writers of the period. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote of his work: "Each [of Poe's detective stories] is a root from which a whole literature has developed.... Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?". Jules Verne wrote a sequel to Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket called An Antarctic Mystery. Later, H. P. Lovecraft noted “When I write stories, Edgar Allan Poe is my model.”.
This collection comprises all the terrifying and bewildering tales that characterise Poe's work, including 'The Pit and the Pendulum', and all three landmark cases featuring his ground-breaking detective Auguste Dupin.