The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce

BIERCE, Ambrose.
New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1909-1912.
First Collected Edition. Twelve volumes, complete. #42 of 250 sets, first volume with limitation page numbered and signed by Ambrose Bierce, frontispiece portrait of the author with tissue guard present.
Octavo, three-quarter brown morocco over brown cloth, spines with raised bands decorated and lettered in gilt, front and back covers ruled in gilt, top edges gilt, title page of each volume within ornamental border by Frederick Polley. Bright, clean, tight, with chipping to fore edge and corners, front joint of a few volumes slightly cracked, spines slightly darkened, endpapers with slight offsetting .


Bierce was born in a log cabin at Horse Cave Creek in Meigs County, Ohio, in 1842. First finding his voice in newspapers, Bierce became a prolific author of short stories often humorous and sometimes bitter or macabre. He is renowned as a pioneering writer of realist fiction. For his horror writing, Michael Dirda ranked him alongside Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. His war stories influenced Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, and others, and he was considered an influential and feared literary critic. He spoke out against oppression and supported civil and religious freedoms. In December 1913, Bierce traveled to Chihuahua, Mexico, to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. He disappeared, and was rumored to be traveling with rebel troops. He was never seen again.

The Titles are:
Vol I - Ashes of the Beacon, The Land Beyond the Blow, For the Ahkoond, John Smith, Liberator, Bits of Auto Biography. -1909
Vol II - In the Midst of Life (Tales of Soldiers and Civilians) -1909
Vol III - Can Such Things Be? -1910
Vol IV - Black Beetles in Amber -1911
Vol VI - The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter, Fantastic Fables -1911
Vol VII - The Devil's Dictionary -1911
Vol VIII - Negligible Tales, On With The Dance, Epigrams - 1911
Vol IX - Tangential Views - 1911
Vol X - The Opinionator - 1911
Vol XI - Antepenultimata -1912
Vol XII - In Motley, Kings of Beasts, Two Administrations, Miscellaneous - 1912


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