The Spectacles by Edgar Allan Poe.
Published in Philadelphia by Richard Gimbel in July, 1938. No. 43 of an edition limited to 100 copies (the limitation appears on the inside of the back cover in very hard-to-read black print on dark blue).
Theoretically a long-lost variant of Poe’s short story, “The Spectacles", published in 1844. That was what the leading Poe collector of the day, Richard Gimbel believed when he “discovered” it and had it printed in this special, limited edition in 1938. But alas, Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe Society, which may be considered the last scholarly word on the issue, lists the publication on its website under “Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items: Forgeries”.
The Poe Society continues- ‘The Spectacles’ — supposedly 1830 — source uncertain, claiming to have been published by Carey & Lea in Philadelphia. (This text was printed in Liberty magazine for September 24, 1938 and was reprinted as a pamphlet by Richard Gimbel in 1938. It is certainly a modern fake, see Savoye. The text appears to have been taken from a reprint of the story in Godey’s Lady’s Book for April 1836)”.
DESCRIPTION & CONDITION:
Card covers. 3.5”x5.5”, 14 pages. Minor soil, light wear.
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