First Edition

The Raven and Other Poems.

New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845.

Price: $14,000.00


About the item

First edition, with half-title. [viii], 91, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. First Edition. Full green morocco, a.e.g. Spine sunned, some foxing throughout; pencilled note on flyleaf stating that the binding was executed in 1896. Near fine. Grolier American, 56; BAL 16147; Heartman & Canny, pp. 97-108; Robertson, vol. 2, pp. 224-225.

Item #319132

Students all over the world know of the title poem, and many know others as well: "The Conqueror Worm", "Eulalie", "Leonore" "To Helen", etc.

"The most important volume of poetry that had been issued up until that time in America" (Hervey Allen, Israfel, The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe, New York, 1926, vol. 2, p. 667). The Raven and Other Poems was published in November 1845 in an edition of some 750 copies; it was dedicated to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and contains 30 poems, including "The Raven," "Eulalia," "Tamerlane," "Al Aaraff," and "To Helen," etc. The title poem was first printed in the American Review for January 1845; it "made Poe's name known both in America and England, and brought him an immortality that by no other means could he have attained ... [and it] gave him fame as a poet such as no other American has received" (John W. Robertson, A Bibliography of the Writings of ... Poe, San Francisco, 1934, vol. 2, pp. 224-225).