Poe’s First Book Sold: $662,500!

December 6, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe’s first book sold for a record $662,500! Yes, apparently a copy of the brilliant writer and author’s “Tamerlane and Other Poems” was sold at a remarkable selling price to an anonymous buyer. Find out more revealing details and see pictures and a video here.

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It is said that this collection of poems was published in 1827. Poe’s first book was written after he moved to Boston to pursue his scholarly career. There is a reported forty or fifty copies allegedly printed of this book and it is said that only twelve remain.

Poe’s first book sold at an auction on Friday at Christie’s House in New York City. It sold at a record price for American literature of $662,500. “Tamerlane and Other Poems” was valued to be marketed between $500,000 and $700,000.

According to Christie’s House, a world record was set when a memorandum written by the nation’s first president, the notable George Washington who had written a letter to his nephew, Bushrod Washington in 1787 referencing the ratification of the wrote to his nephewwhich sold at an auction for an estimated $3,218,500A letter by George Washington, which sold for $3,218,500. The 1787 letter to his nephew, Bushrod Washington, argues for the ratification of the now, revised Constitution.

Poe’s first book was published when the writer was only eighteen years old. This remarkable book of poetry is said to be inspired by a British poet named Lord Byron, that which the title is about a historical conqueror who grieves the loss of his only love.

The record-breaking letter that was signed by President Washington reportedly sold for $3.2 million while Poe’s first book set another record as stated.

Wow! That’s some bank for your money for a very rare and valuable piece of work! Edgar Allan Poe is still the most famous author of today. Leave us your thoughts in the comment box about the $664,500 buy and see photos and a film on his pieces of work called “The Raven”.

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