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The Ladies Companion. 1842-1843 Volume XVIII
Historically Important Issue
Contains the First Publication of Edgar Allan Poe's Groundbreaking Murder Mystery
"The Mystery of Marie Rogêt"
ALL PARTS OF THE SERIALIZED STORY ARE PRESENT
QUITE SCARCE FIRST PRINTING OF EDGAR ALLEN POE'S "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt", subtitled A Sequel to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", these pioneering stories changed the history of world literature. "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt", is arguably one of the first murder mysteries to be based on a true crime. It features the first fictional detective; Poe's archetypal sleuth Auguste C. Dupin whose character became the prototype for many future fictional detectives, including Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and most notably Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.
Based on a true crime, that of the murder of Mary Cecilia Rogers, the New York City,
"Beautiful Cigar Girl," who was found drowned in Hudson River in 1841. The story became a U. S. National sensation.
The elegant, deductive sleuth, the calm, calculating sifter of clues, Auguste C. Dupin had no equal. Using what Poe termed "ratiocination", (Abductive reasoning) Dupin combines his considerable intellect, an uncanny ability for fastidious observation coupled with insightful creative imagination, to put himself directly into the mind of the criminal.
It is no coincidence that these were the intrinsic qualities of the legendary Sherlock Holmes
Auther Conan Doyle openly acknowleges Poe's influence and pays reverence to him by stating:...
"Each [of Poe's detective stories] is a root from which a whole literature has developed... Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?"
Through Dupin, Poe establishes many universal themes and literary devices that would become common elements in mystery fiction: the eccentric but brilliant detective, the first-person narration by a close personal friend and loyal companion. the inept police generally hindering more than helping the investigation. The stories provide the first locked room mystery in detective fiction. Poe also initiates the storytelling device where the detective announces his solution and then explains the reasoning leading up to it.
Poe was the world's supreme short story teller. He has had untold influence on literature and arguably unrivaled impact to the underlying Mythos of modern day society.
This story was one of Poe's most evocative and daring stories he ever wrote. (Keep in mind that the Ladies Companion was geared to, as it's namesake suggests, the "fairer sex" the Victorian woman of delicate refinement and elegant sophistication.) Nonetheless, this story included all the elements of the Macabre and Grotesque themes Poe was noted for, Moreover, it was based on a sensationalized real life murder which drew national attention. It is a testament to his courage and skill that the daring work was not only successful but voraciously read by the woman whose sensitive sensibilities he risked insulting.
Poe's genius and talent allowed him to draw in the reader on such an intense visceral level that quite contrary to sugar coating anything, gave the reader stark reality in all it's gruesome detail. The two excerpts below give a small taste of his gripping imagery.
“The corpse, being supposed at the bottom of the river, will there remain until, by some means, its specific gravity again becomes less than that of the bulk of water which it displaces. This effect is brought about by decomposition, or otherwise. The result of decomposition is the generation of gas, distending the cellular tissues and all the cavities, and giving the puffed appearance which is to [[so]] horrible.”
"The face was suffused with dark blood, some of which issued from the mouth. No foam was seen, as in the case of the merely drowned. There was no discoloration in the cellular tissue. About the throat were bruises and impressions of fingers. The arms were bent over on the chest and were rigid. The right hand was clenched; the left partially open."
We can once more turn to Arthur Conan Doyle when he again pays tribute to the
"I am the American blood-curdler," it said, in a voice which seemed to
come in a hollow murmur from the earth beneath it. "None other is
genuine. I am the embodiment of Edgar Allan Poe. I am circumstantial
and horrible. I am a low-caste spirit-subduing spectre. Observe my
blood and my bones. I am grisly and nauseous. No depending on
artificial aid. Work with grave-clothes, a coffin-lid, and a galvanic
battery. Turn hair white in a night."
The Ladies' Companion; A Monthly Magazine Embracing Every Department of Literature, -Embellished with- Original Engravings, and Music. New York: William Snowden, Nov 1842- April 1843 Volume XVIII
The Ladies' Companion was a prominent women’s literary & fashion magazine directly competing with the likes of Godey's Lady's Book and others; Focusing on literary fictional works, it also included fashion articles, stories, poems, musical works, craft designs, parlor games, household domestic hints, replete with Victorian fashion and generously illustrated with superlative steel engraved plates.
The Ladies' Companion is highly sought by collectors in it's own right, this bound volume XVIII being the most prized for protected within it's covers is the crown jewel ~the very 1st printing of Poe's masterpiece Detective mystery.
Condition: A Rare Desirable copy of this original publication containing the First ever printing of Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story "The Mystery of Marie Roget" in three parts. All 3 Serialized Parts are Present November and December, 1842 and February, 1843. Bound in decorative stamped brown boards with gold Armorial Cartouche on front board gilt title to spine with chipping and splitting, fashion plates for Jan, Feb appear to be lacking gilted bookplate stamp of James W. palmer on front ffep. Typical scattered foxing; Text is free of markings and stains textblock is secure All parts of the Poe's landmark Mystery story are in remarkable condition. Quite a scarce find and a worthy acquisition indeed!
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