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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "[Inscription]" - possibly around 1845 (?).]

To Miss Caroline Eugénie André
from her sincere friend  .
                                        Edgar A. Poe.

[This item was shown on the PBS television show "The Antique Roadshow," from Baltimore, part II (aired April 3, 2000). The owner is a private individual, apparently living in Baltimore, Maryland. The provenance is that the book was part of the collection of a 19th-century history professor named Bloome, who taught at Seton Hall College. It was apparently passed down through the family and willed to the current owner. The authencity of the item is uncertain.]

[This inscription is, written in brown ink, now somewhat faded, in Poe's hand on the fly leaf of Zenosius, or The Pilgrim-Convert, by Rev. Charles Constantine Pise, D. D. (New York: Edward Dunigan, 1845). Who Miss André was, or why Poe felt this book an appropriate gift to inscribe is unknown. The book is small, perhaps 12mo, bound in red leather with a very attractive gilt decoration on the outside.]

[Charles Constantine Pise (1801-1866) was a Catholic priest, a historian and a professor at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was Chaplain of the U. S. Senate 1831-1833.]

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