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Poe, Edgar Allan

Edgar Allan Poe is a renowned American author, poet, editor, and literary critic.  His penchant for mystery and morbid undertakings sparked a frenzy of attention for his collected works of literary creativity.  His ability to capture a vivid and telling plot in short story form coined him the inventor of the detective fiction genre and a contributor to the emergence of science fiction.  In 1845 The Raven was published to wide acclaim.  Poe had a huge influence on literature within the United States.  The Mystery Writers of America continues to honor writers and journalists with an“Edgar Award” for work in the mystery genre.

An original manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Wormsold for $300,000 in July of 2013 at the Marion Antique Auction in Massachusetts.  According to Chris Semtner, a curator at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, the manuscript was said to be written in the 1830’s and then lost. This rare item was found in the possession of a family in Rhode Island in the 1920s.

In 2009. Christie’s auctioned anEdgar Allan Poe poem manuscript that resulted in afinal bid of $830,500from an American collector. A rare first edition ofTamerlane and Other Poemsalso sold for $662,500.  Both items broke all-time records for the sale of 19th-century books and poetry.

Poe, Edgar Allan. Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present for 1836. Carey and Hart, Philadelphia (1835). first issue, with the date on the title page and spine; Edited by Miss Leslie

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Conchologist's First Book. Haswell, Barrington (1839).

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Conchologist's First Book. Haswell, Barrington (1840).

Poe, Edgar Allan. Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine. George R. Graham, Philadelphia (1841). Contains the first printed appearances of: "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (considered the world's first detective story), "A Descent into the Maelstrom," and three other Poe tales; the complete essay "Secret Writing" (in four installments), the first two parts of the essay "A Chapter on Autography," and over 50 critical reviews by Poe; Also included are the first revised printings of the poems: "To Helen," and "Israfel."

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Raven; in The American Review. Wiley and Putnam, New York (1845). Volume includes Poe's story "Some Words with a Mummy" , and his poems "The Valley of Unrest" and "The City in the Sea" .

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Raven. Harper and Brothers, NY (1884). 27 engravings, including title page, by Gustave Dore. Commentary by Edmund C. Stedman

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe. John C. Nimmo, London (1884). 4 Volumes; 150 copies large paper edition with proof etchings on Japanese paper; Total 1000 copies in Edition

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. George G. Putnam's Sons, NY (1884).

Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. George Barrie, Philadelphia and London (1900). 6 volumes; 500 copies; 250 copies printed on Imperial Japanese paper; Volume 1-Memoir Tales, Volume 2-Tales, Volume 3-Poems and Essays, Volume 4-Autobiography, Volume 5- Micellaneous Tales, Volume 6- Life and Poems; Numerous Illustrations by Herpin, Ferat, Wgel, Abot, Meyer, Laurens, Meaulle

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Complete Works. Putnam's Sons/Knickerbocker Press, New York (1902). 10 volumes; Frontispieces, illustrated titles and 50 plates on japon paper, all with captioned tissue guards, by Frederick Simpson Coburn; Eldorado Edition 1050 copies;

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Raven and The Philosophy of Composition. Paul Elder , San Francisco and New York (1907). 1000 copies printed on Arches handmade paper; With photogravure illustrations from paintings by Galen J. Parrett, and with initials and decorations by Will Jenkins; typography designed by J. H. Nash

Poe, Edgar Allan. Bells and Other Poems.. Hodder and Stoughton, London (1912). 750 Copies; Illustrated throughout with 11 small vignettes, including the one on the title page and 28 mounted color plates by Edmund Dulac

Poe, Edgar Allan. Les Cloches et Quelques Autres Poemes. L'edition D'art H. Piazza, Paris (1913). 400 copies printed on Papier Du Japon

Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination. George Harrap, London (1928).

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of the House of Usher. Limited Editions Club, New York (1985). 1500 numbered copies, with illustrations by Alice Neel and a biographical note by Raphael Soyer; signed by Soyer

Poe, Edgar Allan. Eureka, an Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe. Arion Press, San Francisco (1991). 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies, all signed by the artist; illustrated with 8 "relief prints" by Arakawa; Introduction by Glenn Ray Todd

Poe, Edgar Allan. Al Aafaaf. Livre d' Art by D'Ambrosio, Sherman Oaks (1995).