It was similarly noted in the North American Review for October Indeed, when Poe published Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems in , his claims of an earlier edition were considered untrue. No copy was known until , when one was found in the library of the British Museum, where it had been sent as part of a miscellaneous collection of American books in A second copy was not found until , in Boston.
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It was similarly noted in the North American Review for October Indeed, when Poe published Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems in , his claims of an earlier edition were considered untrue. No copy was known until , when one was found in the library of the British Museum, where it had been sent as part of a miscellaneous collection of American books in A second copy was not found until , in Boston. Perhaps as many as copies were printed Mabbott, , p.
Harrison guessed that there were fewer than 40 Harrison, , In any case, today, there are only about 12 surviving copies, several being imperfect. A number of facsimiles of this book have been printed. There are no known signed or presentation copies of this book. In fact, it appears that Poe himself kept no copy.
Mabbott in This price is presumed to predate Since two notices appeared in , it is likely that a few early copies were sent out for review. One copy was also likely sent by Edgar to his brother Henry, in Baltimore. Two of the poems were slightly revised and reprinted in the Baltimore newspaper The North American. Very little is known about the printer of this pamphlet, Calvin Frederick Stephen Thomas. Most of what we do know was compiled by T. Mabbott in the introduction to his facsimile of Tamerlane and Other Poems.
He left Boston around , although he continued to practice his profession as a printer. About , he married Eliza Ann Shields. He also published a series of directories and at least 19 books on a variety of topics. In , he retired from the printing trade and moved to Springfield, Missouri. What printing experience he may have had prior to Tamerlane and Other Poems seems to have been limited to apothecary labels and similarly modest efforts. Thomas, Dr.
Randall also comments on two similar notes, one of to a Boston druggist is in the J. Lilly collection. The Lilly note is reprinted in Mabbott, , p. Pages [i-iv],  This census is believed to record all known surviving copies of Tamerlane and Other Poems. The provenance of each entry is established as authoritatively as possible, given the sketchy and often convoluted bits of information available.
In nearly all case, the chain of owners has gaps, especially among the early owners, whose names are generally known only if the owner left an inscription. Copies with paper cover intact:. Tamerlane and Other Poems Tamerlane and Other Poems Front and back covers Title page and contents There are no known signed or presentation copies of this book.
Bibliographic Data:. Census of Copies:. Copies with paper cover intact: Henry E. Huntington Library , San Marino, CA rebound, with wrappers intact The list of prior owners of this copy is as follows: 1.
George T. George H. Henry E. John W. II, p. Huntington Library donated by H. Huntington in The Huntington Library has a set of photographic plates of their copy, dated January 2, , suggesting that the same copy was used for the facsimile produced in by Jacob Schwartz for his Ulysses Bookshop. A close examination of imperfections in the rear wrapper image tend to confirm the assumption.
Koester collection. This copy was originally found in Virginia about , the only copy discovered outside of New England. The list of prior owners of this copy is as follows: 1. Wade Keyes an early owner, whose name is written on the title page of the book ; 2. Thomas Dwight Samuel another early owner, whose name is written on the book ; 3. Frederic Robert Halsey purchased about ; 6.
Huntington purchased by Huntington in , but sold as a duplicate ; 7. Frederick Robert Halsey purchased through George D. Francis Joseph Hogan purchased through Dr. William H. This copy is presumably the one mentioned in the Dial for April 1, , p.
It is noted as having been discovered by the American Press Company of Baltimore. It is in an excellent state of preservation, and is worth its weight in gold ten times over. The introductory material for the facsimile edition states that both of the two known copies outside of the British Library were then owned by Halsey, and mention the Baltimore connection.
The rebinding of the other copy is noted. The leather case in which the Koester copy is currently housed bears the bookplates of F. Halsey, F. Bemis and F. This copy was discovered in Martha M. Nelson, a school teacher, aged about 19, to Susan Saunders, a nine-year old pupil, in Milford, MA presented by the teacher in Charles Eliot Goodspeed purchased in ; 3. Owen D. New York Public Library donated by Mr. Young and Dr. Berg in This copy was officially discovered in The list of prior owners of this copy is as follows: 1.
William F. Sullivan, Nasha, NH; 3. Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr. Indiana University donated by Lilly in Sixth copy discovered Private Collection , unknown This copy was discovered in or in the New York area. This copy appears to have been intentionally notched, a small v-shaped cutout, on the middle of the front edge and near the middle of the bottom edge, suggesting that it was marked as a remainder.
Martha Ann Flint the earliest known owner, her signature being on the inside of the front cover ; 2. Sigurd Neandross, Ridgefield, NJ or ; 3. Rosenbach for sale April , but no purchasers came forward; 6.
William Edwin Self , California purchased from the H. Private collector purchased at the auction of W. Seventh copy discovered Alderman Library , University of Virginia This copy was discovered about Phatimer Kinsell, Boston an early owner whose name is known from his inscription on the title-page. Mary Reed, Waldoborough, Maine the sweetheart mentioned in the inscription by Kinsell ; 3. Patrick Kevin Foley , Boston bookdealer; 4.
The University of Virginia donated by Mr. Barrett about April 19, ; 8. Stolen from the Alderman Library about , current whereabouts are unknown. William E. Stockhausen, Dorset, VT Purchased after Stockhousen died in a traffic accident in the Spring of or ; 1. Samuel Adams an early owner whose name is know only by the inscription on the cover ; 2. Unknown, apparently a postman in Bedford, MA; 3. Jean and Donald Stralem, New York purchased in ; 5. Stockhausen , New York collector purchased in
Tamerlane and other poems (1884)
It was his first self published work. Tamerlane, the character in the poem, is a conquering man of war who bemoans leaving his first love. Unnoticed by the literary world and the public in general, only 50 or so copies were published. However, now it is known as a missing masterpiece as the whereabouts of only about twelve are known. It is one of a group of five or so copies which surfaced as a result of the popular article by Vincent Starrett, "Have You a Tamerlane in Your Attic," published in the Saturday Evening Post in ; and one of only seven surviving copies with both wrappers preserved. He was taken to a hospital where he died a few days later.
Tamerlane and Other Poems
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