POEMS by Edgar Allan Poe, hardcover with no dust jacket, illustrated with five engravings and a frontispiece photo portrait of Poe, 1895. BOOK CONDITION: good. The text block is in fine condition, with no marks, tears, or dog-ears. Not a remainder nor library book. No bookplate nor signature of prior owner. Good binding. The beautiful boards are in fairly good condition (corner and edge bumping, slight smudges on front and back, bumped spine and fading gilt lettering on spine). Even so, a beautiful little volume. XX Contents: Starts with a surprisingly critical evaluation of Poe's poetry by an unstated author, 43 poems, and Poe's "Poetic Principle." XX The Henry Altemus Company was a publishing company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for almost a century, from 1842 to 1936. The firm started as a bookbindery. In 1863, Altemus was awarded a patent for a particular type of binding for photographic albums. These albums were huge sellers for Altemus and were the mainstay of their publishing business until the mid-1880s. The albums were supplanted by Bibles in the 1880s. Starting in 1889, books were published with the Henry Altemus imprint. Like other publishers of its era, it published a wide variety of titles, in a wide variety of formats. The company published over two hundred series.