The Raven

Book Overview & Market Performance

Collectible Facts & Figures

Author: Edgar Allen Poe

Publication date: 1845

Country: United States

Language: English

Publisher: Wiley & Putnam

Binding: Pamphlet Form

Print Run: 1500 copies

Points of collection interest

  • First edition has three variants (bound in cloth, wrappers, and bound together with The Raven and Other Poems) so it is difficult to ascertain just how many copies in wrappers were originally released.
  • Likely only six copies in the full original wrappers in existence. The Litchfield copy, appears to be the best surviving copywhich was sold at Sotheby's for  $45,000 in 1990.
  • Upon its original publication it sold for 50¢. Poe's royalty was 8¢ per copy in whichever format. He earned at least $120 but probably not much more.

Notes on Bobby Index for this copy

  • Based off 1845 Wiley & Putnam "Tales" No.11
  • Only a handful of copies of the first issue in wrappers survive (six or seven in varying states of defect or repair).
  • A first edition, first printing, first issue of Poe'sTales(1845) in the original wrappers in excellent condition is estimated to sell for $200,000 - $250,000.
  • While the first issue of Tales in any unsophisticated binding is rare, the second issue is also distinctly scarce as the majority were bound up with copies of The Raven and rarely appear separately.

 

Available copies online

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Budget $5000+, Gothic