Poe Book Heads to NY Auction
Thursday, December 03, 2009
A rare copy of Edgar Allan Poe's first book is expected to sell for a record price when it hits the auction block.
The 40-page collection of poems was published in 1827. Poe had recently moved to Boston to launch his literary career, re-establish his roots in the city of his birth and distance himself from his foster father in Richmond, Virginia, according to the Associated Press.
Poe's name wasn't even on the cover of the book, which was credited to "a Bostonian." Only 12 copies are known to remain. The copy being sold belongs to a Hollywood television executive.
Christie's book expert, Francis Wahlgren, calls the sale a "once-in-a-lifetime chance."