A Narrative of Four Voyages.
MORRELL Benjamin (1832.)
£400.00 [First Edition]
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First edition. Frontispiece. 8vo. Original red cloth, printed paper label to spine. New York, Harper.
One of Edgar Allan Poe's sources when writing The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym: "The account of the South Sea is taken mainly from Capt. Benjamin Morell's 'Narrative of Four Voyages['...] The passage quoted, but not credited by name, pp. 205 - 207, describing the bêche-de-mer, is from Morell, pp. 401 - 402, a word or two being omitted here and there by Poe."
A fair reading copy, severely faded, especially the spine, staining to boards, and some creasing to spine, joints cracked though holding firm, fraying to head and tail caps as well as to extremities and back board. Spotting and browning throughout, and illegible contemporary ink ownership inscriptions to front and rear paste-downs.
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. by Stedman and Woodberry, 1899. Two Sources of Poe's "Arthur Gordon Pym", D. M. McKeithan, Studies in English, No. 13 (July 8, 1933).
Stock Code: 243219