Publisher: New York & Washington: Neale Publishing, 1909-1912.
Edition: First edition, limited issue, one of 250 copies signed by Bierce; this one out of series.
Bibliographical References: BAL 1129; Krick, Neale Books, page 16.
Condition: Edges repaired; spines slightly darkened; some remains of clippings and letters tipped into several front blanks; very good copy.
Book ID: 28194
Description12 vols, 8vo, original full brown morocco designed by Frederick Polley, purple moire silk paste-downs and free endpapers, gilt and blind decorations on the boards, spines and inner dentelles, a.e.g. Frontis portrait in volume one.
CommentsThe famous collected works of Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?), and the most ambitious and elaborate publishing project of Walter Neale's publishing firm, which was mostly known for its regional Southern literature and Civil War history. Neale and Bierce become friends shortly after Bierce moved to Washington, D.C., and following a few trial and errors with other titles by Bierce, Neale worked out a contract with Bierce to publish his complete works. There were three binding styles, including this deluxe one in full morocco by Waler Roache of New York.