San Francisco and New York: Paul Elder and Company, 1907. First Thus. 4to (10 5/8” x 8 3/8”). 33 unnumbered leaves + 12 plates. Quarto Photogravure Edition. 1000 unnumbered copies only.

Quarter brown ooze calf (suede) over charcoal grey hand-made Arches paper, with embossed titles in gold within a black embossed foliate panel. Spine with embossed titles in gold within a black embossed foliate panel. Original charcoal grey Arches paper dust jacket with the cover and spine designs repeated on the cover and spine panels. Original slipcase covered in charcoal grey Arches paper with cover panel and spine panel designs matching those on the dust jacket; charcoal grey Arches endpapers; beveled edges.

Printed in red and black on Arches handmade paper, with initials and decorations by Will Jenkins, and typeset in "Washington Text", designed by John Henry Nash.

Includes 12 photogravure plates in sepia after paintings by Galen J. Perrett, each with tissue guard.

Poe's The Raven was first published on 29 January 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror, and Poe wrote The Philosophy of Composition in 1846 in part as an explanation of how he composed the poem. The Raven still remains one of the best-known poems in the English language, and has appeared in numerous editions. For the present edition, Elder had intended to print The Raven without preface, notes or other extraneous matter (which is the case in the present volume), but decided to add Poe's Philosophy of Composition, as "it is (or purports to be) a frank exposition of the modus operandi by which 'The Raven' was written" (Foreward).

It should be noted that John Henry Nash, who designed the typeface used in the present book, was, with Paul Elder, a founder of the Tomoye Press, and a partner in Paul Elder & Company. Nash later started his own press, and his efforts helped establish San Francisco as a center of fine printing. He was later called "The Aldus of San Francisco".

A fine copy. The original very good dust jacket has minor chips and small closed tears at the top edge of the front panel. The original very good - slip case has minor paper loss at both ends of the top panel, and small 1" starts at the joints of the top panel. Exceptionally scarce with both the slipcase and dust jacket present.


Author Name: [PERRETT, GALEN J. (illustrator)]; [JENKINS, WILL (decorations)]; [NASH, John Henry (typography design)]; POE, EDGAR ALLAN

Illustrator: [PERRETT, GALEN J. (illustrator)]; [JENKINS, WILL (decorations)]; [NASH, John Henry (typography design)]

Categories: Illustrated, Fine Press Movement, Tomoye Press, POETRY - AMERICAN,

Edition: First Thus

Publisher: San Francisco and New York, Paul Elder and Company: 1907

Binding: Quarter ooze calf over handmade paper

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Very good

Size: 4to (10 5/8” x 8 3/8”)

Seller ID: 3177

Keywords: Tomoye Press John Henry Nash