THE GIFT: A CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S PRESENT FOR 1836. Philadelphia: E. L. Carey & A. Hart, n.d. . 12mo, nine inserted plates, including frontispiece, original decorated full black leather, elaborately tooled in gold and blind, a.e.g., blue coated endpapers. First edition. The first of the eight issues of this literary annual. Includes the first appearance in a book (there were at least two earlier printings, both in newspapers in 1833) of Edgar Allan Poe's "Manuscript Found in a Bottle." This was Poe's first appearance in an anthology and his first fiction published in a book. Other contributors include Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Mrs. L. H. Sigourney, James Kirke Paulding, William L. Stone, Washington Irving, S. G. Goodrich and William Gillmore Simms. Faxon 301. Thompson, p. 126. Heartman and Canny, pp. 36-7. Leather refurbished at edges, several plates darkened, several with ghosting or foxing to adjacent text pages, a very good copy. (#158609).
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