New York: Classic Publishing Company, 1912. New Richmond. Hardcover. Six small volumes (6 1/4" x 4"), red cloth-covered boards, with gilt lettering to spines. The final (6th volume) presents Poe's poetry.
Volumes IV and V show a slightly separated front hinge, but volumes are still tightly bound. A solid and compact
reading set of Poe's works, One of two volumes easily pocketable for reading whilst traveling. Publication date listed may not be exact. No date shown. Very Good Plus. Item #84880
"...Despite Poe's undisciplined, wayward, and in the main, somewhat vagabond life, it is easy to understand how it is that this erratic but clever literary craftsman, who was the contemporary of Irving, Hawthorne, Bryant, N.P. Willis, and Fenimore Cooper in the first half of the last century, still keeps his hold upon the public mind and attracts and interests the scholar and student of letters. This gifted American writer, who was among the first of our literary men to reveal unmistakable genius in his work, had not only the poet's warmth and passion, with great technical dexterity in weaving his musical rhymes, but also possessed, in an eminent degree, the art of constructing weird romances and eerie short stories full of imaginative power and enthralling phantasmagoric effects. Naturally artistic in temperament and instinct, his shiftless life, morally frail nature, and tempest-tossed moods, made much of his work obviously uneven; while his intellectual acuteness not infrequently overshoots the mark and. maes not a little of what he turned out mystically fanciful and at times ghoulish and unwholesomely morbid...".
(From James Russell Lowell's biographical sketch of Poe, which appears in the first volume).