New York: The Literary Emporium, 1845. Hardcover. 8vo. Good. Item #12125
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.....”
This 1st Edition of The Literary Emporium contains a very early printing of Edgar Allan Poe’s 'The Raven', the most famous poem of the 19th century and one of the most famous and influential poems ever written.
Poe was aware as soon as it was completed that his work was something special, commenting to a friend that the poem was the greatest ever written.
Published in the Literary Emporium in December, 1845, the same year as the poem’s 1st printing in the New York Evening Mirror in January of the same year.
After being rejected by his former employer, George Graham, publisher of Graham’s Magazine, Poe sold the poem to The American Review in January, 1845 for $9. It was printed by The Evening Mirror with permission and attributed to Poe in its only January, 1845 printing. The American Review printed the poem in its February, 1845 issue under the pseudonym 'Quarles', Poe’s likely tribute to 17th-century English poet, Francis Quarles.
'The Raven' was reprinted in a handful of newspapers and magazines throughout 1845 and instantly made Poe a household name. It was included in his book of poetry, 'The Raven and Other Poems', published in November, 1845.
This printing in the Emporium is likely the 2nd Printing in book form.
Boards in original red cloth, with ornamental gilt decor. Rebacked in red cloth with brown-leather spine label ruled in gilt. Square Tight Binding. Clean interior, save for a contemporary, Christmas, 1846 small gift inscription in pencil to front end paper. Boards and edges with mild rubbing and wear. Interior moderately foxed, including 'The Raven', which comprises the last three printed pages of the book.