Tales and Sketches: To Which is Added The Raven: A Poem, Edgar Allan Poe
Basil: A Story of Modern Life, Wilkie Collins
Two scarce books bound together. This edition of Poe's Tales is the first collection under this title and is probably the first British appearance of The Raven. Eighteen tales are published here, including three of the most famous – The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and A Descent into the Maelstrom.
The edition of Basil is the second English edition. In 1862 Collins published a substantially revised version, thus copies with the unrevised text are scarce. Basil was Collins's fifth book, and his third work of fiction.
Tales and Sketches: To Which is Added The Raven: A Poem, Edgar Alan Poe. London: George Routledge & Co., Farringdon St., 1852.
Basil: A Story of Modern Life, William Wilke Collins. London: James Blackwood, Paternoster Row, 1856.
Bound together in 3/4 green calf over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt, marbled page edges, 8vo, Wilkie bound first; pp. ix, (i), 277; (iv), 268. Boards worn, front board detached, binding overopened at Tales and Sketches, offsetting from what appear to be advertisements (not present) on the title and last page of Tales and Sketches, owner's name and ink to first blank and opposite.