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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

April 13, 2011

Selected Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Among the literary figures of the 19th century in America, Edgar Allan Poe is surely one of the most memorable -- for his rhythmical poetry and his short stories, especially his detective stories.  His life was not long, and it was an unhappy life in many ways, but during his forty years he produced quite a number of poems and stories many people, even high school students, still enjoy reading.

I have just placed a strange little volume of his poems on the Shelf.  Unfortunately, it is not in the best shape.  In its 110 years it has seen rather hard usage.  It is a special publication by the Roycrofters at their Shop in East Aurora, NY, with a once beautiful brown suede leather cover with a gold lettered title and vellum paper.  It is, however, still a collector's item.

Lacking a title page or any publisher's information on the front pages (you'll find those on the final page), the book boasts a four and a half page Foreword by Michael Monahan and a Contents page listing the following:

The Raven, Lenore, The Bells, Anabel Lee, Ulalume, The Coliseum, To Helen (I saw thee once), To My Mother, Hymn, The Haunted Palace, The Conqueror Worm, To One in Paradise, The City in the Sea, The Sleeper, The Valley of Unrest, Dreamland, Eulalie, Israfel, For Annie, Eldorado, A Dream Within a Dream, To Helen (thy beauty is to me), To Zante, To F-----.

Thought you might be interested!


Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

But where oh where is it?

Niftic Vintage said...

who doesn't love Edgar?

Rough Magic Creations said...

Ah, it's in Joe's ArtFire Studio. Here's the link -

Lise Winne said...

I'm one of your new followers. I love classic literature and old books (as well as oldies from folk and classical music). Great find for me!

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