“The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe [within:] The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present.
First edition, first printing of Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum,” a short story of the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, pp. 133–151. Rather than relying on the supernatural for creating an atmosphere of terror, Poe skillfully uses sensory perceptions to dramatize his tale of psychological horror. The story has been adapted numerous times on film. Other American writers published here in this Gift Book or literary annual with Poe include poets Lydia Sigourney and Charles West Thomson, and South Carolina writers Mary E. Lee and William Gilmore Simms.
Description: “The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe [within:] The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present.
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, . Engraved frontispiece; extra, engraved title leaf; 328pp. + 6 additional engravings. First Edition, First Printing. 12mo. Publisher’s, original elaborately gilt-decorated full calf. Three-quarter-page calligraphic presentation inscription to “Miss Anne R. Hay.” Some rubbing and old repair at head of spine; wear at tail of spine with brief separation along upper joint and with hinge just starting; light rubbing to edges of covers; stain on front cover; foxed throughout; good.
BAL 16137. Heartman (1973 Kraus reprint of 1943, Revised Edition) p69.