Poe, Edgar Allan
- 'Tales'. New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845
- paper, ink, leather
"... the first important book of detective stories, the first and greatest, the cornerstone of cornerstones...the highest of all high spots...contains for the first time in book form all three Dupin stories" (Queen's Quorum 1).
While the tales herein were not selected by Poe (and he expressed reservations about the editor "whose taste does not coincide with my own") they are in the end perhaps the single best representation of his broad range and lasting influence. The 1845 Tales contains not only the invention of modern detective fiction, but also his supreme handling of psychological horror, and contributions to both science fiction and the adventure story.
With the rare wrappers preserved in remarkable condition. A mere 6 copies of 'Tales' in the full, complete wrappers are known (in various states of defect and repair). Only two of these remain in private hand and one (the Behrman copy, sold Christie's New York, 12 June, 2008, $134,500) showed significant loss,chipping and repair. (The other, the Litchfield-Martin-Tane copy, sold Sotheby's New York, 20 October 2011, $314,500 has no major loss or repair.)
With 1500 copies issued, 'Tales' is occasionally obtainable rebound, but most often without the half-title and advertisements present here. We know of no other bound copies of the first edition, first printing containing the wrappers and it is unlikely another will appear, especially with them in such a remarkably fresh state.