Not for the “Poe”

Dec 06

Rare books often go for prices many of us cannot begin to imagine, let alone pay. But it doesn’t prevent us from thinking about these literary treasures and sales—and releasing a wishful sigh.

Who wouldn’t love to have an original copy of their favorite author? Like Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”? Or what about something even more rare by Poe? Like his “Tamerlane and Other Poems” which was rare even when it first came out—printing less than 50 copies. Now only 12 are left and collectors are willing to pay to add these very rare books to their literary treasure troves.

A tattered copy (only 1 of 12 remaining of the original 40 to 50 printed) of "Tamerlane and Other Poems" by Edgar Allen Poe (AP Image)

A tattered copy (only 1 of 12 remaining of the original 40 to 50 printed) of "Tamerlane and Other Poems" by Edgar Allen Poe (AP Image)

On December 4th, 2009 a rare copy of “Tamerlane and Other Poems” by Edgar Allen Poe was sold for an amazing $662,500 at Christie’s Auction House in New York City. This is a record-breaking sale for a book. Incidentally, the previous record holding sale for a book at $250,000, some two decades ago, was this very same one.

I guess for his fans Poe’s words ring true,

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”

Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe

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