Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1933. First edition (Ex-libris Alfred Sutro). Hardcover. 85pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Blue cloth over boards with gilt stamping. Ex-libris Alfred Sutro, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. The extremities are moderately bumped and rubbed. In a dust jacket, with short closed and open tears to the edges, and a crease which runs from the head to the foot of the front panel. Alfred Sutro (1869-1945) was a San Francisco attorney and ardent bibliophile, who served as President of the Book Club of California. Very good / very good. Item #58294
Number 139 in an edition limited to 500 copies. The Courier tales represent the efforts of Poe while still a youth.
From the Introduction- "The Courier tales, which were discovered by Dr. Killis Campbell in 1915, are necessarily of some significance to those who are interested in the study of Poe. In the first place, so far as we know, they represent the initial efforts of Poe in the short story form; and when studied in the light of the revisions which were later effected, they reveal much concerning the development of the author's style and art... much can be learned from the Courier tales concerning Poe's method of writing and the sources from which he drew material for his stories. And finally, the early stories are of value in that they uncover to some extent the character of Poe during a mysterious period of his life."