Edgar Allan Poe — “Anastatic Printing”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Anastatic Printing” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Anastatic Printing” — 1845, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Anastatic Printing” — April 12, 1845 — Broadway Journal



  • Anastatic Printing” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:512-517) (In the 1876 version of what had been the Griswold edition, W. J. Widdleton incorporated Ingram's additions, including “Anastatic Printing,” 2:525-530.)
  • “Anastatic Printing” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. C. F. Richardson, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (10:162-169)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Anastatic Printing” — 1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 9: Eureka and Miscellanies, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (9:279-285, and 9:317)  (In the note, the editors comment that: “This is an example of a few similar articles, such as ‘Street Paving’ in the same journal, which are not reprinted, as they are of ephemeral nature.”)
  • Anastatic Printing” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (14:153-159)
  • Anastatic Printing: As Described by Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 — 1946/1947 — Chicago: Silver Quoin Press (The imprint date is 1946, but a note says it was “completed” in January 1947) (This is the first separate printing, in a limited edition of 150 copies. Pollin notes it as “badly printed.” It was printed by James M. Dille, on Mohawk Artemis paper. Octavo, bound in tan cloth, issued by the publisher with an unprinted glassine dust jacket.)
  • Anastatic Printing” — 1986 — The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. B. R. Pollin, New York: Gordian Press (3:83-86, and 4:63-65, items 83/52-86/46)  (The text in this edition is printed as a facsimile of the original, although the pagination is not retained, merely indicated.)


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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • Poe actually made one effort at anastatic printing, a letter sent to several potential subscribers of the Broadway Journal in November and December of 1845.



  • Campbell, Killis, “Miscellaneous Notes on Poe,” Modern Language Notes, March 1913, 28:65-69
  • 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, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978.
  • Wakeman, Geoffrey, Aspects of Victorian Lithography: Anastatic Printing and Photozincography, Wymondhan: Brewhouse Press, 1970


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