Graham's Magazine, 1841. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good. Item #1608325
The true first appearance of Poe's classic tale, Murders in the Rue Morgue, considered the first detective story ever published. In original binding. Book is in good condition. This is Graham's compilation of all of their issues (starting in February) published in 1841. The Murders starts on page 166.Bound magazine. Two volumes in one: (Volumes 18 and 19: January-December, 1841). Octavo. iv, -295, pp., and  engraved plates; iv, -308pp., and  engraved plates. Complete. Contains the first printed appearances of: "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (considered the world's first detective story), "A Descent into the Maelstrom," and three other Poe tales; the complete essay "Secret Writing" (in four installments), the first two parts of the essay "A Chapter on Autography," and over 50 critical reviews by Poe. Also included are the first revised printings of the poems: "To Helen," and "Israfel." A complete run of 12 monthly issues from 1841, when Poe served as the magazine's literary editor and had reached the peak of his powers and influence both as a writer and editor. The run also includes nine mezzotints by Philadelphia's famous engraver John Sartain, one of which illustrates Poe's tale: "The Island of the Fay." A scarce and desirable annual volume. Housed in a custom-made slipcase.