The J. Lorimer Graham copy of Tales (1846-1849)


∞∞∞∞∞∞∞


Poe’s personal copy of Tales , with several changes made in pencil. This copy is bound together with The Raven and Other Poems , and appears to have been issued in this form about February 1846. Poe’s changes, therefore, may be dated as 1846-1849.

The tales in this edition are listed below, but only the texts with changes have a link:

  • The Gold-Bug”  (with extensive changes)
  • “The Black Cat”  (no changes)
  • Mesmeric Revelation”  (with one correction of spelling)
  • “Lionizing”  (no changes)
  • “The Fall of the House of Usher”  (no changes)
  • A Descent into the Maelstrom”  (with several minor changes)
  • “The Colloquy of Monos and Una”  (no changes)
  • “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion”  (no changes)
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue”  (with two small changes)
  • “The Mystery of Marie Roget”  (with several minor changes)
  • The Purloined Letter”  (with several minor changes)
  • The Man in the Crowd”  (with one change in punctuation)

∞∞∞∞∞∞∞


Bibliographic Data:

8vo. (7 1/2 in x 5 in). Pages [i-viii], [1]-228, plus advertisments. Bound with The Raven and Other Poems.


∞∞∞∞∞∞∞


Census of Copies:

There were many copies of the original volume, but this heavily modified copy is unique. The provenance of this entry is established as authoritatively as possible, given the sketchy and often convoluted bits of information available:

  • Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin (acquired prior to the purchase of the William H. Koester collection, about 1965. By that time, the book was already in the Miriam Luther Stark Library of the University of Texas).  1. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849); 2. Rufus W. Griswold (this book was found in Poe’s trunk and sent to Griswold by Neilson Poe.); 3. George Philip Philes (1828-1913), a New York dealer who wrote his name in the book; 4. James Lorimer Graham (1835-1876), with his bookplate, and autograph inscription: “This was Poe’s own Copy — J. L. G.”; 5: The Century Association, New York, presented by the widow of J. L. Graham, about 1894 (The Century Association sold Graham’ autograph collection on April 29, 1958, at Parke-Bernet Galleries, in New York, where it was presumably purchased by H. J. Lutcher Stark, for the Miriam Lutcher Stark Library at the University of Texas)

∞∞∞∞∞∞∞


Bibliography:

  • Blanck, Jacob, “Edgar Allan Poe,” Bibliography of American Literature ; volume 7: James Kirke Paulding to Frank Richard Stockton, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1983, p. 119-120. (Volume 7 is edited and completed by Virginia L. Smyers and Michael Winship.) (This book is item 16146.)
  • Ford, Paul Leicester, A Catalogue of the James Lorimer Graham Library, New York: The Century Association, 1896, p. 277 (where the item is very briefly described: “The above two works [The Raven and Other Poems and Tales] are bound together; the first precedes. Poe’s own copy, with many MS. marginal corrections and additions, evidently intended as the basis for a new edition. This was afterwards the property of R. W. Griswold, Poe’s editor, and has his autograph on a fly leaf.”)
  • Heartman, Charles F and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe , Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1943, pp. 90-97. (Reprinted, Millwood, New York: Kraus Reprint Co., 1977.)
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, "Introduction," The Raven and Other Poems, New York: Columbia University Press, 1942 (a facsimile reproduction of The Raven and Other Poems portion of the J. L. Graham copy)
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Moldenhauer, Joseph J., A Descriptive Catalog of Edgar Allan Poe Manuscripts in the Humanities Research Center Library, Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin, 1973

∞∞∞∞∞∞∞


∞∞∞∞∞∞∞

[S:0 - JAS] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Editions - J. L. Graham copy of Tales (1846-1849)