I love old books. I have an addiction to wandering through tiny bookstores in out of the way towns. Recently I picked up a book of short stories by Poe. It looks rather old and I'm sure it wouldn't be worth much but I'd like to see just how old it is. I have no idea how to go about doing this and there's no copyright page. It was printed by the Knickerbocker Press, at least I think so. It's the only name I can find anywhere on the book. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them.
It sounds like you found a single volume of the 10 volume Knickerbocker Press Edition of the Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. This set was originally published in 1902 with a critical introduction by Charles F. Richardson and illustrations by Frederick Simpson Coburn. Additionally, the Knickerbocker Press published various degrees of Collector's Sets based on print run size, paper quality, and if they were hand numbered and signed by the publisher. These Collector Sets were called the Arnheim, Eldorado, and Tamerlane Editions.
Single volumes of this storied publication fetch anywhere from $15 to $50. The Complete Works intact are worth quite a bit more, as illustrated by these current market prices:
$3960 for the Arnheim Edition.
$7000 for the Eldorado Edition
$19500 for the Tamerlane Edition
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