‘Confessions of an Opium Eater’ (1890s)

[Non-Scottish Publications Contents]

This is a book I had borrowed from a friend and read as a teenager, though that edition was far more contemporary than that before you in this post. That publication’s title had the qualifier of the author’s nationality, i.e., ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater.’ It and its author, Thomas de Quincey, are mentioned fairly often, in varying Scottish publications I’ve uploaded so far, by dint of his having spent some amount of time towards the end of his life in Edinburgh, where he died on the 8th of December, 1859, for which day Chambers, in his ‘Book of Days‘ (1886), devotes an article to him.

This particular publication is undated but H. M. Caldwell Co. of New York were only in operation from 1896-1914. My search to narrow it down only really came up with other collectors’ assumptions of it being a 19th century publication. So I’m happy to go with them on it.

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., Front Cover.

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., Spine.

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., Frontispiece.

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., Publisher’s Page.

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., Illustration, p.56a;

“Uttering a cry of terror, but without a moment’s delay, she ran off into Oxford Street.”

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., Illustration, p.110a;

“When I lay awake in bed, vast processions passed along in sorrowful pomp.”

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., Illustration, p.150a;

“I saw through vast avenues of gloom these towering gates of ingress.”

T. de Quincey (1890s), ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., “M. D. H.” library stamp.

4 thoughts on “‘Confessions of an Opium Eater’ (1890s)

  1. What a lovely edition. Never read the book, but now you’ve given me the incentive so it’s next on the list. [ As you may know from my recent exchange with Alex I’d never have made it as an opium eater myself 😉 ]

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