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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe (?), Notice of Goldsmith's Gems of Penmanship" (A), from The Evening Mirror (New York), December 30, 1844, p. 2, col. 3, middle.]


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This is decidedly the most beautiful, useful, comprehensive work of the kind every published in this country. The system by which Mr. Goldsmith has gained such a high reputation as a teacher of Penmanship, is clearly laid down and exquisitely illustrated by examples in this volume. The engraver has copied the manuscript of the author with great fidelity; and though it would seem almost impossible for the burin to trace the beautiful hair lines which so rapidly follow the sweep of Mr. Goldsmith's pen; the artist, nevertheless, succeeded admirably. The work is a large Quarto, richly bound; and, besides a great variety of specimens of writings and off-hand pen-drawings, contains a lecture on penmanship, and other interesting articles, in letter press. The price, we believe, is five dollars. And is for sale at the author's rooms, 189 Broadway.


[This notice was attributed to Poe by Hull, as "there is nothing here distinctive enough to pass judgement on; the notice may be Poe's." The notice is not mentioned by Heartman & Canny or Mabbott.]

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[S:0 - NYEM, 1844]