New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons. . Arnheim Edition. Ten Volumes. Three-quarter calf over marled paper boards, the spines with five raised bands and decorated with an elaborate art-nouveau rose motif in gilt within the compartments, gilt titles. Top edges gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Each volume bears the original owner's monogram "EVB" (Ernest Victor Bodwell) in gilt on the front cover. Elaborately ilustrated title pages printed in black & red, signed "Womrath". Each volume with a fine photogravure frontispiece and nine additional fine photogravure plates printed on Japanese vellum, all with captioned tissue guards, by Frederick Simpson Coburn (for a total of 100 plates); also, many headpieces, tailpieces, and vignette illustrations throughout the set. This is the Collector's Arnheim Edition, #91 of 300 numbered copies, signed by the publisher (printed signatures). The green calf has gently faded to brown on the spines; all the gilt decoration and lettering is bright and unblemished. Some light shelf wear, but basically a fine set. See BAL 16171. Item #312185
¶ An excellent, illustrated set of Poe. The original owner, Ernest Victor Bodwell (1856-1918) was a very prominent lawyer in Victoria, British Columbia. He came from a prominent Canadian family - his father was Ebenezer Vining Bodwell (1827-1889), a Member of Parliament from Ontario who came to BC with the CPR in the late 1880s, and was twice mayor of Vancouver. The Bodwell family can be traced back to the early 18th century and the French and Indian Wars.