Rare antique 1849 3/4 leather bound Godey's Lady's Book which contains the first printing of Edgar Allan Poe's, "Mellonta Tauta." The book is overall in good condition with some signs of wear and age. It contains Volume 38 and Volume 39 which are bound together. Volume 38 has the Poe first printing; it contain's the issues from Janurary 1849-June 1849. Volume 39 contains the issues from July 1849-December 1849. In addition to the Poe story, the book also contains several other stories, articles, and pieces of poetry written by various other authors. It is illustrated with 14 lovely hand colored plates, an embossed textile design plate, and some nice black and white engravings. Some of the hand colored plates appear to have been folding plates at one point; they have since lost there folded appendage and are now all just a single page in length. Volume 39 lacks 3 of the plates called for. Volume 38 does not have a list of illustrations in the index so I was unable to tell if any are missing. The covers of the book have some moderate scuffing and wear with some corner wear and heavy edge wear. There is some partial cracking to the outer leather joints and some cracking to the front interior hinge, however, the binding of the book is still good and sound. There is a little bit of light creasing to the top corner of the back board. The front endpapers have some penciled name inscriptions. The interior is toned from age with some scattered foxing, tanning, soiling, and grubbiness. The foxing is heavy in places and some pages have some marginal damp staining. A few pages have a small chip or tear, creased page corner, or some kind of other minor imperfection that comes with a book this age. Generally though it is a good sound copy.