Tamerlane : portions of autograph manuscript poem, [1827-1828].

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MA 570
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Wakeman Collection, 1909.
1 item (10 p.), unbound ; 20.2 cm

The numeration of the lines is based on the 1827 published version.
The text differs from the poem as published in 1827 and 1829, and this manuscript seems to be a form midway between the two versions.
Dating from Mabbott, p. 25, 45.
The present pages were part of the so-called Wilmer Manuscript, which also included the autograph poems Dreams and The Lake (MA 644.1). The Wilmer Manuscript was made available by that family to G.E. Woodberry for the tenth volume of the Stedman-Woodberry edition of Poe's works in 1895.
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Consisting of two fragments of the poem totaling 157 lines (ll. 65-99, 144-346). With several words (clearly not part of the text, and probably pen trials) written interlinearly and in the margins throughout.

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Blue cloth drop-spine box (24.9 cm)
Lambert A. Wilmer; by descent in his family until at least 1895; Stephen H. Wakeman; Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Wakeman Collection in 1909.