Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before…
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before…

For its October Book of the Month, the Library of Congress chose The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - specifically this 1884 edition illustrated by the incredible French artist Gustave Doré. We are fortunate to have two first editions of this classic in Rare Books and Special Collections. Published in New York by Harper & Brothers, the oversize volume features 26 steel engravings by Doré, who died before the book was published. Read more here: https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2016/10/rare-book-of-the-month-the-raven-and-mr-halloween-himself/

Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
Close- up image:
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -

Stay tuned for more about Poe and the unusual story behind The Conchologist's First Book next time. As always, if you would like to visit Special Collections to see this or any other rare book in our collection, please call us at 314-539-0370.

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