Friday, December 04, 2009

An Original Copy of Edgar Allan Poe's First Book, Sells for $662,500

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door —
Only this, and nothing more." MORE
I love Edgar Allan Poe.

CBC reports:
An original copy of Edgar Allan Poe's first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, sold for $662,500 US ($696,750 Cdn) in New York on Friday, smashing the previous record price for American literature. The previous record is believed to be $250,000 US for a copy of the same book sold nearly two decades ago. Poe published Tamerlane when he was just 18, in 1827, and only 40 or 50 copies were printed. Only 12 first editions survive of the 40-page collection of poetry, which does not credit the author by name but is written by “a Bostonian.” Poe was born in Boston. READ MORE