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"E.A. Poe" Watercolor by William A. Lewis This watercolor was executed in 1959 and reflects that influence of painterly abstraction, which was popularized in the 1940s by Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and… watercolor on paper 1959
"Edgar Mouse Poe" by Alan F. Beck This is a limited edition print depicting a mouse dressed as Edgar Allan Poe as he appeared in the 1848 "Ultima Thule" daguerreotype, a copy of which is in the Poe… Framed Print 2009
"Nevermore" by Fred O. Seibel Fred O. Seibel (1886-1968) drew this editorial cartoon for the June 17, 1944 issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The title and the caption are references to Edgar… Pen and Ink on Paper June 17, 1944
"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 Fall of the House of Usher" by Albert Sterner This lithograph was reprinted, much reduced in size, as an illustration on page 246 of the 1925 edition of Mary Newton Stanard's biography of Poe entitled The… Lithograph Before 1925
"The Raven" by August Holland August Holland (1928-1998) is primarily known as a maritime artist, but, early in his careet, he produced a number of illustrations, including the present work,… Print on Board ca.1960s
"The Raven" Illustrated by James Carling James William Carling (1857-1887) was born in Liverpool and traveled to the United States at the age of fourteen. Hailing himself as the "Lightning Caricaturist"… Ink on Board ca.1882
A Confession of the Awful and Bloody Transactions in the Life of Charles Wallace, the Fiend-like Murderer of Miss Mary Rogers This 1851 hoax pamphlet claims to record the confession of the murderer of Mary C. Rogers. The unsolved 1841 murder of Mary Rogers inspired Poe's short story "The… Pamphlet 1851
Andrew Tutt's Notebook Andrew T. Tutt was the first husband of Edgar Alllan Poe's cousin, Elizabeth Rebecca Herring, the woman to whom Poe originally dedicated his poem "To Eliza." Tutt… leather, paper ca. 1829
Anna Charlotte Lynch Portrait Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891) was a poet and teacher who hosted weekly literary soirees at her New York City home during the time of Poe's residence in that… Oil on Canvas 1840s
Anna Estelle "Stella" Lewis Letter to Martin Van Buren Moore In this letter written nine years after Edgar Allan Poe's death, his acquaintance, Stella Lewis, provides an unflattering depiction of Poe's mother-in-law, Maria… Letter, Sepia Ink on both sides of faded white paper September 29, 1858
Annie Richmond Portrait Nancy Locke Heywood Richmond (1820-1898) was a close friend to Edgar Allan Poe in the last two years of his life. He referred to her as "Annie" and dedicated his… Photomechanical Print
Aubrey Beardsley Illustrations for Poe's Works Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was an English artist considered a leader of the Aesthetic movement. Though Beardsley executed these drawings around 1894, they were… Print on Paper Drawn ca.1894, Printed ca.1925
Book Autographed by Edgar Allan Poe for Lousia Ann Lynch Edgar Allan Poe presented this copy of The New Gift and Juvenile Souvenir for 1836 to Louisa Anna Lynch. He inscribed the book "To/ Miss Louisa Ann Lynch/ with the… Book ca.1836
Book Autographed by Jane Mackenzie Jane Mackenzie was the sister of Edgar Allan Poe's sister Rosalie Mackenzie Poe's foster father William Mackenzie. She and her sister-in-law Jane Scott Mackenzie… book 1834
Brady Portrait of Poe Photographer Mathew Brady is best known today for his Civil War photographs and portraits of Lincoln, but he achieved a great deal of success during his lifetime as… albumen print carte-de-visite ca. 1860
Brass Ladle from Poe's Cottage The Poe family used this ladle in the Fordham, New York cottage in which Edgar Allan Poe; his wife, Virginia Clemm Poe; and his mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm,… Brass Early Nineteenth Century
Brick from Poe's Last Manhattan Residence This brick was one of 700 salvaged from Poe's Greenwich Village home after the building was demolished by New York University. The University presented these bricks… Brick
Bronze Edgar Allan Poe Bell This limited edition bell was produced by Gerry Ballatyne F.R.S.A. and was the 1988 Annual Ballantyne Bell. The piece was cast in bronze using the "lost wax"… bronze bell 1988
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
Coffee Pot from Poe's Sister's Home This silver-plated coffee pot was used by Poe's sister's foster family, the Mackenzies, at their Richmond home, Duncan Lodge. Poe's sister lived with the Mackenzies… Silver plated with wooden handle
Copy of Edgar Allan Poe Sketch of Elmira Royster Elmira Royster became engaged to Edgar Allan Poe before he left Richmond to attend the University of Virginia in 1826. During Poe's absence, Royster's father… Pencil on Paper ca.1920 (Original ca. 1826)
Cornwell Daguerreotype of Poe Poe stares out at us from this haunting image taken only four days after a suicide attempt. He was in Providence, Rhode Island in November 1848. His wife Virginia… Daguerreotype November 1848 (original) 1850s (present copy)
Dancing Shoes Owned by the Poe Family These ladies' kid white leather dancing shoes were purchased in London by Edgar Allan Poe's mother-in-law/aunt Maria Poe Clemm's future husband William Clemm on a… kid white leather 1805
Davidson Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe This albumen print is an altered version of the "Traylor" daguerreotype taken by William Abbott Pratt in Richmond in 1849. The alterations include the inclusion of… Albumen Print Photograph 1876
Decanters from Poe's Boyhood Home These cut glass decaters were used in the home of John and Frances Allan, foster parents of Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe Museum purchased them on September 14, 1922 for… glass
Der Rabe (The Raven) Movie Poster This is a German language poster for the 1963 film "The Raven" directed by Roger Corman and starring Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Hazel Court, and Jck… Movie Poster 1963
Desk from the Office of the Southern Literary Messenger The desk was used in the office of the Southern Literary Messenger, the magazine at which Poe began his career in journalism. It was probably used in the the 1840s… desk, walnut, yellow pine, poplar 1840s
Desk from the Southern Literary Messenger Office This desk was used in the office of the Southern Literary Messenger when Poe was there. It was at this Richmond publication that Poe began his career in journalism… Desk, mahogany, mahogany veneer, poplar, birch, white pine 1820-1830
Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel Movie Poster This poster promotes the West German film "Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel," which was also released under the titles "The Blood Demon," "The Torture Chamber of… Movie Poster 1967
Edgar Allan Poe Albumen Print Owned by David Bridges According to the inscription on the back, this albumen print photograph of Edgar Allan Poe was once owned by Poe's childhood friend and classmate David Bridges. A… Albumen Print Carte De Visite ca. 1870s-1890s
Edgar Allan Poe's Boot Hooks A few weeks before his death, Edgar Allan Poe left these boot hooks at Duncan Lodge, the home in which his sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe, lived with her foster… wood, metal unknown
Edgar Allan Poe's Chair This is said to be the chair Edgar Allan Poe used while working in the office of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond from 1835 to 1837. Legend tells that… American Empire Side Chair ca. 1820-1830
Edgar Allan Poe's Manuscript for "The Rationale of Verse" Poe attempts to explain the history of English verse in this essay, which he had trouble getting published because editors considered it too technical for the… Manuscript, One Page 1848
Edgar Allan Poe's Mother-in-Law's Cap Edgar Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871), was also the sister of Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. It was to Maria Clemm that Poe dedicated his 1849 poem… wool
Edgar Allan Poe's Mother-in-Law's Stockings Edgar Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871), was also the sister of Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. It was to Maria Clemm that Poe dedicated his 1849 poem… silk
Edgar Allan Poe's Walking Stick On his last night in Richmond, two weeks before his death, Edgar Poe left this walking stick at the home of his friend and physician, Dr. John Carter, on his last… wood, silver tip
Edmund Quinn Bust of Poe The Bronx Society of Arts and Sciences presented a bronze version of this bust to the City of New York on January 19, 1909 in honor of the centennial of Poe's… Plaster 1908
Edouard Manet Etching of Poe The French painter Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was a friend to the Impressionist painters and forerunner of modern painting. Although he was primarily a painter,… Etching on Paper ca. 1874
Elmira Royster Shelton Daguerreotype This daguerreotype represents Edgar Allan Poe's first and last fiancee, Elmira Royster Shelton. Poe was first engaged to Shelton in 1826, when he was seventeen… Sixth Plate Daguerreotype ca.1850s
Elmira Royster Shelton's Spectacles These spectacles were worn by Poe's first and last fiancee, Elmira Royster Shelton. Poe was first engaged to Shelton in 1826, when he was seventeen years old, but… metal, glass 19th Century
English Queen Anne Chippendale Transitional Side Chair from Poe's Home This chair was used in the home of Poe's foster parents John and Frances Allan while Poe was living there. The chair retains its original covering material. The… Mahogany ca. 1755
English Revival Tall Back Side Chair from Allan Home The brass plaque attached to the back of this chair reads: "This chair, in the Allan Home when Poe lived there, was purchased by Mrs. Charles E. Wortham at the sale… Primary- Poplar 1840-1860
Etching of Poe by Lewis Lefort This etching (a kind of print made by etching lines into a prepared metal printing plate using acid) was made in 1892, well after the subject's death in 1849. The… Etching on Paper 1892
Father Tabb Letter Objecting to Poe's Exclusion from the Hall of Fame Father John Banister Tabb (1845-1909) was a popular poet and priest who published eleven collections of poetry and saw a number of his poems printed in the leading… Letter ca. 1905
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 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
Flower from the Tomb of Keats This pressed flower was picked from the grave of English Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) on October 26, 1854 and sent to Poe's Richmond friend John R. Thompson… Paper with dried, pressed flower October 26, 1854
Frances Keeling Valentine Allan Portrait This is one of two known life portraits of Edgar Allan Poe's foster mother, Frances Allan (1785-1829), who cared for Poe after his biological mother died when he… Oil on Metal ca. 1828
Frances S. Osgood Letter to John Keese Frances Osgood (1811-1850) was a poetess and close friend of Poe and his wife. Poe and Osgood addressed love poems to each other in the Broadway Journal and other… April 28, 1845
Gothic Revival High Back Hall Chair from Allan Home This chair was purchased at the 1881 estate sale of Poe's foster father's widow, Louisa G. Allan, by Mrs. Samuel Gordon Wallace, whose daughter, Mrs. Maxwell G.… Primary: Mahogany ca. 1845
Granite Salvaged from Boarding House in Which Poe Lived These benches are said to be made of granite salvaged from Mrs. Yarrington's Boarding House on Bank Street in Richmond, Virginia. Poe moved into the house with his…
Henry Herring Portrait When Poe lay semiconscious in a Baltimore tavern on October 3, 1849, his uncle Henry Herring (1791-1868) refused to take him home to care for him. Instead, Poe was… Oil on Panel 1868
Illustrations by Frederick Simpson Coburn Canadian artist Frederick Simpson Coburn (1871-1960) produced these illustrations for the ten-volume set Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (1902) published by G.P.… Phographic Prints of Drawings 1902
Irons from Poe's Boyhood Home These two brass irons are said to have been used in Poe's boyhood home in Richmond. brass, wood handles
James Royster Miniature James Royster was the father of Poe's first fiancee, Elmira Royster (1810-1888). Mr. Royster disapproved of the relationship and broke the engagement by… Watercolor on Card
James Russell Lowell Letter to Editor of Graham's Magazine James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) was a poet and, at one point, a friend of Edgar Allan Poe. It was Lowell who first published Poe's story "The Tell-Tale Heart" in… letter August 14, 1841
John Allan Portrait This small oil portrait on tin of Edgar Poe's foster father John Allan has been attributed to a few different artists, including the portraitist Thomas Sully, whose… Oil on Metal ca. 1804
John Hamilton Mackenzie Albumen Print Photograph John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Allan Poe. He was also the foster brother (and, after his father William Mackenzie's death in… albumen print photograph 1860-1875
John Hamilton Mackenzie Daguerreotype John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Poe's as well as the foster brother of Poe's sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe. After the death of… Daguerreotype 1840s
John Hamilton Mackenzie Daguerreotype John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Allan Poe. He was also the foster brother (and, after his father William Mackenzie's death in… Daguerreotype 1840s
John Hill Hewitt's Albumen Print Photograph of Edgar Allan Poe This albumen print of a photograph, similar to the "Painter" daguerreotype of Poe (now owned by the Maryland Historical Society) is labeled "J. H Hewitt photo. of… Albumen Print
John Pendleton Kennedy Letter to Lt. Samuel Larkin John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a Baltimore novelist and senator who, after serving on the panel that awarded Poe's short story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" a… Letter, One Page October 25, 1852
John Pendleton Kennedy Letter to Thomas W. White John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a Baltimore novelist and senator who, after serving on the panel that awarded Poe's short story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" a… Letter and envelope May 16, 1834
John R. Thompson Sonnet for Anna C. Lynch John R. Thompson (1823-1873), Poe's friend and editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, wrote this sonnet for Poe's sometimes friend the poet Anna C. Lynch… poem August 1850
John Sartain Letter to E. Leslie Gilliams Philadelphia publisher and engraver John Sartain (1808-1897) wrote this letter concerning Sartain's account of Poe's unusual behavior during a visit to Sartain's… April 7, 1895
Letter from A.M. Ide to John Bisco (Editor of the Broadway Journal) Abijah Metcalf Ide, Jr. (1825-1873) was a South Attleborough, Massachusetts, farmer who started writing Poe in October 1843 and who sent him poems to critique. Ide… letter August 13, 1845
Letter from Anna Charlotte Lynch to Edgar Allan Poe In this letter, dated June 25, 1845, the poet Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891) asks Poe to deliver one of her poems to John Keese for his upcoming anthology The… Letter June 25, 1845
Letter from Richard Henry Stoddard Concerning Poe Poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903) met Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 while trying unsuccessfully to submit poetry for publication in the Broadway Journal,… Leter, Two Pages Septemeber 24, 1872
Letter from Thomas Dunn English to Edmund Clarence Stedman The writer of this letter, Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902), was at different times a friend and an enemy of Poe's. In one of the latter moments, English caricatured… letter, one page
Letter from William Fairman to John Bisco (Broadway Journal) September 26, 1845 William Fairman was a traveling representative for the Broadway Journal, a magazine Edgar Allan Poe edited and briefly owned. Fairman writes this letter from… Letter September 26, 1845
Letter from William Fairman to John Bisco (Broadway Journal) September 29, 1845 William Fairman was a traveling representative for the Broadway Journal, a magazine Edgar Allan Poe edited and briefly owned. Fairman writes this letter from… letter September 29, 1845
Lock of Edgar Allan Poe's Hair This lock of hair was cut from Poe's brow by Dr. Joseph Evans Snodgrass, the magazine editor Poe called for when he was found delirious in "Gunner's Hall," a… Hair glued to envelope October 7, 1849
Lock of Eliza White's Hair Rumors linked Poe with Eliza White, the daughter of Poe's employer, Thomas White, the owner of the Southern Literary Messenger. In 1835, Poe dedicated his poem… Hair
Mantle from Edgar Allan Poe's Boyhood Bedroom This mantle once adorned the fireplace in Edgar Allan Poe's bedroom in the house in which he lived with his foster parents, John and Frances Allan, at 14th Street…
Manuscript for "The Genius and Character of Edgar Allan Poe" by John R. Thompson This is the manuscript for a lecture on Edgar Allan Poe written and delivered by Poe's friend John R. Thompson (1823-1873). Internal evidence suggests the lecture… 43 pages, sepia ink on blue ruled paper ca.1860s
Manuscript for "To Helen" This is the only known manuscript for Poe's poem "To Helen," which Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott regarded as "the finest of Poe's lyrics." Poe dedicated this… Pencil in Album 1829-1835
Maria Poe Clemm Albumen Print Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871), was also the sister of his father David Poe, Jr. After the deaths of her husband and son, Clemm moved from her… Albumen print carte-de-visite 1868
Maria Poe Clemm Letter to Unknown Correspondent In his letter written a decade after Edgar Allan Poe's death, his mother-in-law/aunt, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871) requests financial assistance from one of Poe's… Letter December 23, 1859
Mary Allan Portrait Mary Allan (died 1850) was the oldest of Edgar Allan Poe's foster father John Allan's sisters. Mary Allan resided at the Allan home in Bridgegate House in Irvine,… Oil on Canvas ca. 1803
Mary Gallego Portrait This portrait hung in both "Moldavia" (one of Edgar Allan Poe's boyhood homes) and "Duncan Lodge" (Poe's sister's home from 1843 until 1865). The subject, Mary… Oil on Canvas ca. 1806
Maunscript for "Siope" Later renamed "Silence," "Siope" is among Poe's earliest short stories. It took him six years to find a publisher for it. "Siope" is one of the Tales of the Folio… Manuscript 1832
Memoranda of Agreement and Prospectus for the Broadway Journal The Broadway Journal was the last of the four magazines Edgar Allan Poe edited. It was also, briefly, the only magazine Poe ever owned. In the earliest of these… ink on paper, 6 sheets December 16, 1844 and July 3, 1845
Moon Mullins Comic Art This is the original artwork for a comic strip that was published in 1981. The artists, Ferd Johnson (1905-1996) and Tom Johnson of Corona Del Mar, California,… Ink on Paper with Pencil 1981
Nail File Given by Edgar Allan Poe to His Proofreader Poe gave this nail file to William T. Richardson to thank him for his assistance in proofreading the Southern Literary Messenger. Richardson's grandson, Kenneth… Sterling Silver Nail File
Notice of "The Pit and the Pendulum" in the Literary Gazette The October 1842 issue of the Literary Gazette and Quarterly Advertizer contains notices of the anthologies The Gift and The Poets and Poetry of America. Poe… Newspaper October 1842
Opium Jug from Poe's Sister's Foster Family This Chinese opium jug was used by the Mackenzies, the Richmond family that fostered Poe's sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe, after her mother's death in 1811. Rosalie… Porcelin
Painting from Poe's Boyhood Home This painting hung in Edgar Allan Poe's boyhood home and was bought at the estate sale of that mansion by Mrs. J.B. Pace in 1881. Mrs. Pace willed the painting to… Oil on Canvas 1647
Parody of "The Bells" from The Tomahawk This parody of Poe's poem "The Bells" appears in the October 19, 1867 issue of the British magazine The Tomahawk: A Saturday Journal of Satire. The anonymously… Magazine October 19, 1867
Parody of "The Raven" from The Tomahawk This British magazine, The Tomahawk: A Saturday Journal of Satire," published July 27, 1867 contains a parody of Poe's poem "The Raven." The anonymously authored… Magazine July 27, 1867
Philadelphia Saturday Courier for October 22, 1831 This newspaper contains an announcement on the back page for a short story contest Poe would enter. Poe submitted five stories to the contest, but another author,… Newspaper October 22, 1832
Photograph of Ruined Traylor Daguerreotype of Poe This is a copy of the last known photograph taken of Poe, the lost "Traylor" daguerreotype taken by William Abbott Pratt in Richmond in September 1849 at the same… Photograph Before 1935
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
Pitcher from the Exchange Hotel This silver-plated picher was used in the Exchange Hotel, the location of Poe's last public reading. A popular speaker, Poe delivered lectures and recited poetry in… Silverplated Pitcher ca. 1855-1890

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