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"Psalm 139th" Poem by Edgar Allan Poe's Brother Edgar Allan Poe's brother, William Henry Leonard Poe (1807-1831), published a number of poems and stories before his early death at age twenty-four. This is the… Bound Journal February 3, 1827
"Sonnet-- To Science" in The Casket Edgar Poe's early poem "Sonnet--To Science" first appeared in his second book Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems in 1829. A revised version was printed in The… Bound Journal 1830
"The Bells" in Sartain's Union Magazine of Literature and Art This is the first printing of Poe's poem "The Bells." Though Poe wrote the poem in 1848, it was not printed until after his October 1849 death. In June, 1849, Poe… Bound Journal 1849
"The Purloined Letter" in Chamber's Edinburgh Journal Shortly after the first printing of Poe's detective story "The Purloined Letter" in October 1844 in the anthology The Gift, the story was reprinted in abridged form… Magazine November 30, 1844
Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems Only 18 copies remain of Poe's second book, which was his first book to be distributed. It was published shortly after Poe had hired a substitute to serve in his… book 1829
Algernon Swinburne's Copy of Tamerlane This is the first British edition of Poe's first book, Tamerlane. Published in 1884, the book contains a facsimile of what, at the time, was considered the only… book 1884
Charles Baudelaire's Translation of Eureka The French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire devoted much of his career to translating Poe's works into French and popularizing Poe in France. Eureka was Poe's… Book 1863
First Dutch Translation of "The Purloined Letter" A little over two years after Poe wrote it, J.L. Van Der Vliet translated Poe's 1844 detective story "The Purloined Letter" into Dutch for the January 1847 issue of… Magazine January 1847
First Edition of Eureka Eureka (1848) was Edgar Allan Poe's last book, and he considered it his masterpiece. In a July 7, 1849 letter to his mother-in-law Maria Clemm, Poe wrote, "I have… book 1848
First English Edition of The Raven and Other Poems Published in London in 1846 (the year after the collection was first published by the same publishers in New York), this book uses the same sheets as the American… Book 1846
First Printing of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" This is the first printing of the first detective story, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." The story first appeared in the April 1841 issue of… Bound Volume 1841
First Printing of "The Pit and the Pendulum" in The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such gift books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States… book 1842
First Printing of "The Purloined Letter" from The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such gift books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States… book 1844
First Printing of "The Tell-Tale Heart" from The Pioneer Edgar Allan Poe's popular short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" first appeared in the inaugural issue (January 1843) of the Boston magazine The Pioneer, edited by poet… Magazine January 1843
First Printing of "William Wilson" in The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such git books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States appeared… Book 1839
Pirated English Edition of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym This is a pirated English edition of Poe's only finished novel. Without an international copyright law to protect him, Poe saw many of his works reprinted in Europe… Book 1838
Poe's Works in the American Review Among Poe's major works that had their first appearances in the American Review were "The Raven" (February 1845), "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" (December… Bound Journals 1845-1852
Poems of 1831 The first owner of this book, Ben B. Harden, inscribed it with a note voicing his dissatisfaction with Poe's poetry contained within. Although it is dedicated to… book 1831
Southern Literary Messenger for April 1835 Poe began his career in journalism with Richmond's Southern Literary Messenger. The April 1835 issue contains the first printing of his short story "Morella" as… Magazine 1835
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque This is Edgar Allan Poe's first published collection of short stories. Though he had tried as early as 1834 to publish such a volume, it was not until 1840 that… Two Volumes, Vol.I 243pp, Vol.II 228pp 1839
The Conchologist's First Book This is the first edition of the book that was to become Poe's best seller during his lifetime. It was printed in three editions in six years. At the request of a… Book, 156 pages and 12 color plates 1839

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