Edgar Allan Poe — “A Valentine”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “A Valentine” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “To — — —” — February 13, 1846 — “Poe” manuscript — (Mabbott text A) (This is the first of Mabbott’s two copy-texts)
  • Text-02 — “To ——” — February 14, 1846 — “Griswold/Sergeant” manuscript — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-03 — “To Her Whose Name is Written Below” — February 21, 1846 — Evening Mirror — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-04 — “A Valentine” — February 1848 — revised “Griswold/Sargent” manuscript — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-05 — “A Valentine” — March 1849 — Sartain’s — (Mabbott text E)
  • Text-06 — “A Valentine” — about February 1849 — presumed MS revision of Text-04, sent to the Flag of Our Union (This manuscript is not known to exist, but this version is presumably recorded in Text-07)
  • Text-07 — “A Valentine” — March 3, 1849 — Flag of Our Union — (Mabbott text F)



  • “A Valentine” — March 3, 1849 — Portland Transcript  (reprinted from Sartain’s)
  • “A Riddle for Somebody to Unriddle” — March 20, 1849 — Evening Mirror (NY)
  • “Ingenious Valentine” — March 28, 1849 — Daily Crescent (New Orleans, LA), vol. II, no. 28, p. 4, col. 1 (reprinted from Portland Transcript) (This entry was based on information provided by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail to the Poe Society on December 10, 2016)
  • A Valentine” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-05, but probably from the MS of Text-04 (which came into his possession along with Poe’s other material from Mrs. Clemm)  (Mabbott text G)  (This is the second of Mabbott’s two copy-texts)
  • “A Valentine” — 1852 — Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Humour; and Poems, London: Henry Vizetelly (An undated edition appears about the same time, published by Charles H. Clark and Samuel Orchart Beeton, and their name appears as publisher for the second series), first series pp. 255-256. (with no woodcut illustration) (this poem was omitted in some later printings)
  • A Valentine” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:23)
  • “A Valentine” — October 16, 1910 — Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), vol. CXLVII, no. 153, p. 12, col. 7 (printed as part of an article about the discovery of a file of the Flag of Our Union, although mis-stated as being from 1847 rather than 1849, but with the correct year for the individual poems. The article implies that a new edition of the “Virginia Poe” edition was being planned by the publishers, although no new edition appeared.)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • A Valentine” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:82, and 10:192)
  • A Valentine” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:115, and 10:217)
  • A Valentine” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 73, and pp. 238-240)
  • A Valentine” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 115-116, and pp. 261-264)
  • “A Valentine” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 101, and pp. 267-270)
  • A Valentine” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:386-391)  (Mabbott gives two texts)
  • “A Valentine” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 86) (reprints Text-05)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None


Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Zum St. Valentinstage” — 1862 — Lieder und Balladenbuch amerikanischer und englischer Dichter der Gegenwart, Hamburg: Hoffman and Campe, pp. 55-56 (translation by Adolf Strodtmann. This entry was provided to the Poe Society by Ton Fafianie, in an e-mail dated October 11, 2018, noting about the acrostic nature of the poem: “it was an amazing feat as Strodtmann managed to get all the letters at the right place, without doing much harm to the spirit of the poem.”)
  • Carte de la Saint-Valentin” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)



  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, “Allusions to a Spanish Joke in Poe’s ‘A Valentine’,” Notes & Queries, September 14, 1939, 169:189
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.


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