Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Killis Campbell), “Collation of the Editions Published by Poe ,” The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Ginn and Company, 1917, pp. 305-309


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Tamerlane / and / Other Poems. / By a Bostonian.

Young heads are giddy, and young hearts are warm,

And make mistakes for manhood to reform. Cowper.

Boston: / Calvin F. S. Thomas ... Printer. / 1827.

18 mo.: pp. 40. P. 1: title (as above). P. 2: blank. Pp. 3-4: Preface. Pp. 5-21: Tamerlane. P. 22: blank. P. 23: Fugitive Pieces (half-title). P. 24: blank. P. 25: To — — — (“ I saw thee on the bridal day”). Pp. 26-27: Dreams. Pp. 27-28: Visit of the Dead. Pp. 28-29: Evening Star. Pp. 29-30: Imitation (later known as A Dream within a Dream). Pp. 30-32: Stanzas (without title). Pp. 32-33: A Dream (without title). Pp. 33-34: “The Happiest Day — The Happiest Hour” (without title). P. 34: The Lake. P. 35: Notes (half-title). P. 36: blank. Pp. 37-40: Notes.

[This little volume probably came from the press in May or June, 1827. It is mentioned in the United States Review and Literary Gazette (Boston) for August, 1827, as among recent publications; and it is also mentioned in a similar list in the North American Review of October, 1827. Apparently no one condescended to review it; though it was paid the compliment of being listed in Samuel Kettell’s “Catalogue of American Poetry” in his Specimens of American Literature (Boston, 1829), III, p. 405. The couplet quoted from Cowper on the title-page is from ll. 444-445, and apparently was meant to imply something of remorse on the part of the poet for his recent conduct. No copy of 1827 is to be found in any of the public libraries of America, though a copy is owned by the British Museum. A reprint of the volume, with preface by R. H. Shepherd, was published at London in 1884; and a second reprint was published at Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1905.] [page 306:]


Al Aaraaf, / Tamerlane, and, Minor Poems .

By Edgar A. Poe. / Baltimore : / Hatch & Dunning. / 1829.

Octavo: pp. 72. P. 1 : title (as above). P. 2: [Copy Right Secured.] / [Matchett & Woods, printers.]. P. 3:

Entiendes, Fabio, lo que voi deciendo?

Toma, si, lo entendio: — Mientes, Fabio.

P. 4: blank. P. 5: Al Aaraaf (half-title). P. 6: What has night to do with sleep? / COMUS. P. 7: Dedication. / Who drinks the deepest? — here’s to him. / CLEVELAND. P. 8: blank. P. 9:” A star was discovered by Tycho Brahe which burst forth, in a / moment, with a splendor surpassing that of Jupiter — then gradually / faded away and became invisible to the naked eye.” P. 10: blank. P. 11: Sonnet — To Science (without title). P. 12: blank. Pp. 13-21: Al Aaraaf, Part I. P. 22: blank. P. 23: Al Aaraaf (half-title). P. 24: blank. Pp. 25-38: Al Aaraaf, Part II. P. 39: Tamerlane (half-title). P. 40: Advertisement. / This Poem was printed for publication in Boston, in the year / 1827, but suppressed through circumstances of a private nature. / P. 41: To / John Neal / This Poem / Is / Respectfully Dedicated. P. 42: blank. Pp. 4354: Tamerlane. P. 55: Miscellaneous Poems (half-title). P. 56:

My nothingness — my wants —

My sins — and my contrition —


And some flowers — but no bays.


P. 57: Preface (later known as Romance). P. 58: blank. Pp. 59-60: To — — (later known as A Dream within a Dream). P. 61: To (later known as Song). P. 62: To (“The bowers whereat,” etc.). P. 63: To the River — . Pp. 64-65: The Lake — To — . Pp. 65-66: Spirits of the Dead. P. 67: A Dream. Pp. 68-69: To M — . Pp. 69-71: Fairyland. P. 72: blank.

[The edition of 1829 appeared in December, 1829, probably towards the end of the month, but not later than December 29, as appears from a letter of that date to John Neal (cf. Woodberry, I, p. 369). It was mentioned by Neal in the December issue of the Yankee and Boston Literary Gazette (P. 295) as “about to be published.” It is said to have been noticed, also, [page 307:] but unfavorably, in the Baltimore Minerva and Emerald (cf. J. H. Hewitt’s Shadows on the Wall, p. 41). The Spanish quotation on page 3 I have been unable to place. The verse quoted from Comus (on page 6) is line 122 of that poem. The line attributed to Cleveland (on page 7) is from a poem entitled A Song of Sack (1. 36), which was included in the edition of Cleveland’s poems published in 1687, but which Professor J. M. Berdan (editor of Poems of John Cleveland, New York, 1903) informs me is not now believed to be the work of Cleveland. The quotation from Southey (on page 56) is from his poem entitled Imitation from the Persian, first published (with commas where Poe has dashes) in the Bijou for 1828 (p. 98). The passage on the same page, attributed to Milton, is misquoted from his Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester (1. 57); it reads in the original, “And some flowers and some bays.” A copy of the edition of 1829 is to be found in the Peabody Institute at Baltimore, and another in the Library of Yale University.]


Poems / by / Edgar A. Poe. / Tout le Monde a Raison. — Rochefoucault. / Second Edition. / New York : / Published by Elam Bliss. / 1831.

12 mo.: pp. 124. P. 1: Poems (half-title). P. 2: blank. P. 3: title (as above). P. 4: Henry Mason, Printer, 64 Nassau Street, New York. P. 5: To / The U.S. Corps of Cadets / This Volume / Is Respectfully Dedicated. P. 6: blank. P. 7: Contents. / Dedication. / Z^ / / ^r to Mr. . / Introduction. / To Helen. / Israfel. / The Doomed City. / Fairyland. / Irene. / A Pæan. / The Valley Nis. / Al Aaraaf. / Tamerlane (half-titles, in two columns). P. 8: blank. P. 9: Letter. P. 10: blank. P. 11:

Tell wit how much it wrangles

In fickle points of niceness —

Tell wisdom it entangles

Itself in overwiseness.

Sir Walter Raleigh.

P. 12: blank. Pp. 13-29: Letter to Mr. — — . P. 30: blank. P. 31: Introduction (half-title). P. 32: blank. Pp. 33-36: Introduction (later known as Romance). P. 37: Helen (half-title). P. 38: blank. P. 39: To Helen. P. 40: blank. P. 41: Israfel (half-title). P. 42: blank. Pp. 43-45: Israfel. P. 46: blank. P. 47: The Doomed City (half-title). P. 48: blank. Pp. 49-51: The Doomed City. P. 52: blank. P. 53: Fairyland (half-title). P. 54: blank. Pp. 55-58: Fairy-Land. P. 59: Irene (half-title). P. 60: blank. Pp. 61-64: Irene (later known as The Sleeper). P. 65: A Pæan (half-title). P. 66: blank. Pp- 57-70: A Pæan (later known as Lenore). P. 71: Valley Nis (half-title). P. 72: blank. Pp. 73-75: The Valley Nis. [page 308:] P. 76: blank. P. 77: Al Aaraaf (half-title). P. 78: What has night to do with sleep? — COMUS. P. 79: A star was discovered by Tycho Brahe which burst forth, in a moment, with a splendor surpassing that of Jupiter — then gradually faded away, and became invisible to the naked eye. P. 80: blank. P. 81: Sonnet — To Science (without title). P. 82: blank. Pp. 83-92: Al Araaf (sic) / Part First. P. 93: Al Aaraaf (half-title). P. 94: blank. Pp. 95-108: Al Aaraaf / Part Second. P. 109: Tamerlane (half-title). P. 110: blank. Pp. 111-124: Tamerlane.

[This volume came from the press, in all likelihood, in April, 1831. It is dedicated to the West Point Cadets, and the Letter to B —— , which serves as a preface (see pp. 311 f., below), is superscribed “West Point, —— , 1831. “Poe was officially dismissed from the Academy on March 6, and he was in New York City on March 10, and in Baltimore on May 6 (see Woodberry, I, pp. 79 f., 88). According to the West Point tradition he left the Academy before the volume appeared, though he had raised subscriptions for it prior to his leaving (see Woodberry, I, p. 78, and T. W. Gibson in Harper’s Monthly, November, 1867 (XXXV, pp. 754 f.)). The volume was reviewed in the New York Mirror of May 7, 1831, and again, briefly, in Atkinson’s Philadelphia Casket for May, 1831 (out about May 15). The quotation (p. 11) from Sir Walter Raleigh is from The Lie, ll. 43-46 (Aldine edition, p. 25), Poe substituting the words “fickle,” “it,” and “itself” for “tickle,” “she,” and “herself” in lines 2, 3, and 4 of the origina1. The quotation from Rochefoucauld I have not been able to identify. A copy of the edition of 1831 is owned by the John Hay Memorial Library at Providence, Rhode Island.]


The Raven / and / Other Poems. / By / Edgar A. Poe. / New York: / Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway. / 1845.

12 mo.: pp. viii + 92. P. i: Wiley and Putnam’s / Library of / American Books. / The Raven and Other Poems (half-title). P. ii: blank. P. iii: title (as above). P. iv: Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by / Edgar A. Poe, / In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the / Southern District of New York. / T. B. Smith, Stereotyper, / 2i6 William Street. P. v: To the Noblest of her Sex — / To the Author of / “ The Drama of Exile “ — / To Miss Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, / of England, / I Dedicate This Volume, / With the Most Enthusiastic Admiration / And with the Most Sincere Esteem. / E. A. P. P. vi: blank. P. vii: Preface (see below, p. 310). P. viii: Contents (the first nineteen titles falling under this general [page 309:] heading, and the remaining eleven under the subtitle “Poems Written in Youth”). Pp. 1-5: The Raven. P. 6: The Valley of Unrest. Pp. 7-8: Bridal Ballad. Pp. 9-11: The Sleeper. Pp. 12-13: The Coliseum. Pp. 14-15: Lenore. P. 15: Catholic Hymn. Pp. 16-17: Israfel. Pp. 18-20: Dream-Land. P. 20: Sonnet — To Zante. Pp. 21-22: The City in the Sea. P. 23: To One in Paradise. P. 24: Eulalie — A Song. P. 25: To F —— s S. O —— d, and To F —— . P. 26: Sonnet — Silence. Pp. 27-28: The Conqueror Worm. Pp. 29-30: The Haunted Palace. Pp. 31-51: Scenes from “Politian”; / ‘An Unpubished Drama. P. 52: blank. P. 53: Poems Written in Youth (half-title). P. 54: blank. P. 55: Sonnet — To Science. Pp. 56-73: Al Aaraaf. Pp. 74-82: Tamerlane. P. 83: A Dream. P. 84: Romance. Pp. 85-86: Fairy-Land. P. 87: To —— (“ The bowers whereat, in dreams, I see”). P. 88: To the River —— . P. 89: The Lake — To —— . P. 90: Song. P. 91: To Helen. P. 92: blank.

[The volume was reprinted by Wiley and Putnam in London in 1846. The American edition came from the press about November 15, 1845. “n a letter of this date to Chivers (see the Century Magazine, LXV, p. 547) Poe wrote that he was sending him a copy of his poems. It was announced as “on hand for notice” in the Broadway Journal of November 22, 1845, and was advertised as on sale in the Baltimore Saturday Visiter of the same date (the selling price being thirty-one cents). The last proofs were read, so Poe stated in the Broadway Journal of December 13, 1845 (see Harrison, XIII, p. 31), on October 15. The copy went to the printers about the middle of September (Harrison, XVII, pp. 215-216). It was noticed in the New York Tribune of November 26, 1845 (by Margaret Fuller), in the New York Mirror of November 29, 1845; in the Democratic Review (briefly) for December, 1845; in the Brook Farm Harbinger of December 6, 1845; in the Knickerbocker Magazine for January, 1846; and in the London Literary Gazette, March 14, 1846. The volume is not especially rare. For the dedication (to Mrs. Browning) and for the preface, see pp. 310-311. ]







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