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    First Appearance of "The Raven"

    [Edgar Allan Poe]. The American Review: A Whig Journal of Politics, Literature, Art and Science. New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845-1846.

    First edition, first printing, of one of the most celebrated poems in American literature.
    Octavo. Volume I only. iv, 656 pages. Three engraved plates.

    Half leather over cloth boards. Raised bands. Gilt lettering to spine. Joints broken, with boards held by cords. Front endpaper and first flyleaf detached, but present. Otherwise, a very good copy.

    Published under the pseudonym "Quarles," The Raven (pages 143-145) brought Poe instant literary fame, quickly becoming one of the most discussed and recited poems in the country. The appearance in the American Review is the accepted first edition - the publication in the New York Mirror on January 29, 1845 was printed from advance sheets of the American Review. Volume I also includes Poe's short story "Some Words with a Mummy" (pages 363-370), and his poems "The Valley of Unrest" and "The City in the Sea" (pages 392-393).


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