Edgar Allen Poe Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Edgar Allan Poe Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe.

 

Brief history/biography

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 and died on October 7th, 1849, and was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic. Poe has gone down in history as not only being the inventor of the detective fiction genre, but also for being one of the earliest American short story writers as well.

One of Poe's earliest most successful poems of his career was "The Raven," which was published in January of 1845. Some of his many other successful and popular published works include The Raven and Other Poems (1845), Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840), Annabel Lee and other Poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), The Gold Bug (1843), The Black Cat (1843), and The Tell-Tale Heart (1843), to name a few.

Types of Edgar Allen Poe Rare Books And Memorabilia

Publications

Sotheby's in New York sold a first printing of The Raven and Other Poems (1845) for $54,000 in April of 2005, and another copy of the same publication for $56,762 in December of 2002,

Christie's in New York sold:

  • The first edition of The Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe (1843) for $259,000 in December of 2000.
  • The first edition of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840) for $192,000 in June of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of The Raven and Other Poems (1845) for $182,500 in December of 2009.
  • A first collected edition copy of The Works of the late Edgar Allan Poe; with Notices of His Life and Genius. By B.P. Willis, J.R. Lowell and R.R. Griswold (1850) for $80,500 in December of 2009.
  • The "finest known copy" of The Raven and Other Poems (1845) for $68,500 in December of 1993.
  • A rare jewel-bidden copy of Annabel Lee and other Poems for $78,000 in June of 2007.
  • The first edition of Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827) for $662,500 in December of 2009.
  • A copy of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840) which was inscribed by Poe and given to his first cousin Emily Champman for $63,000 in October of 1994.
  • A first edition copy of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840) for $43,750 in December of 2009.
  • A first edition copy of Tales (1845) for $134,500 in June of 2008.

Documents

  • Christie's in New York sold an autograph manuscript of two of Poe's poems including "In an Album to…" and "In an Album to the River" (circa 1827) for $362,500 in December of 2009, and an autographed manuscript of the first eight stanzas of Poe's poem "For Annie" (circa 1849) for $830,500 in December of 2009.

Photographs

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a rare daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe taken by William Abbott Pratt (circa 1849) for $150,000 in October of 2006.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of Poe's first published work Tamerlane and Other Poems, which was published in 1827, as well as his poem "The Raven" are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors.

The daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe taken by William Abbot Pratt is only one of two daguerreotypes of Poe to appear in a public auction in over a century, thus is considered to be extremely rare. There are also only 750 first edition copies of Poe's Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.

Restoration of copies of Poe's poetry and/or published work is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Edgar Allan Poe memorabilia, visit www.poemuseum.org or www.eapoe.org.

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