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Poe’s Tamerlane Book Sold for $660K

Recession? What recession? Edgar Allan Poe’s first book, “Tamerlane and Other Poems,” has been sold at auction for a record price of $662,500:

“This is known as the black tulip of U.S. literature,” said Francis Wahlgren, head of books and manuscripts at Christie’s in New York, which expects to get from $500,000 to $700,000 for the book on Friday. To the best of Wahlgren’s recollection, the record is $250,000 for a copy of “Tamerlane” sold at auction nearly two decades ago.

No more than 40 or 50 copies of “Tamerlane” were printed, and only 12 remain. Poe’s name doesn’t even grace the cover of the 40-page book, which is credited to “a Bostonian.”

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December 6th, 2009

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  1. Dan

    You are cordially invited to a free exhibition
    at the Boston Public Library

    The Raven in the Frog Pond:
    Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston

    December 17, 2009 – March 31, 2010

    For more information, please see:
    http://www.bc.edu/offices/pubaf/news/Poe_Exhibit2009_1202.html


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