New York: Lewis M. Thompson, 1920. Limited ed. Issue for disposal limited to one hundred copies. Octavo (22.5 cm). Cream paper-covered boards stamped in burgundy; top edge gilt, others deckle; 182 pp.; two portraits of Poe, including a hitherto unknown portrait by Aubrey Beardsley; facsimile title page of the original.
Originally published in pamphlet form in 1842 as a satirical attack on Charles Dickens’s “American Notes,” “English Notes” passed into obscurity before a Philadelphian, Joseph Jackson, revived interest in it by attributing the work to Edgar Allan Poe. His theory largely stemmed from the fact that Poe had initially published “The Raven” under the name ‘Quarles’. Never substantiated, Jackson’s claim has had its detractors over the years, but the work remains an interesting speculative intersection of two 19th century literary titans. When Lewis H. Thompson published this reprint, less than half a dozen copies of the original had been located. This reprint, too, is uncommon in commerce. Some offsetting to front board edges, some soiling to rear board; slight chipping to crown and corners; slight foxing to endpapers, else clean throughout. A VG copy overall lacking the dust jacket. Item #03514