DRACULA. Bram Stoker.


Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii-ix [x] [1] 2-390 [391-392: blank; no ad for The Shoulder of Shasta on page (392)] [note: dedication leaf is tipped in and not part of gathering (A)] + 8-page publisher's catalogue (printed on laid paper; page 1 advertising Meredith's The Amazing Marriage and no mention of Dracula) inserted at rear, sheets bulk 26 mm, original mustard cloth, front, spine, and rear panels stamped in red, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition, first printing. This copy agrees in all respects (except presence of inserted catalogue) with the copy described in Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 207 (as revised in A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 151). Bibliographically, a complex book, this version (rough mustard cloth, sheets bulking 26 mm, no ad on page [392]) is generally considered to be the first printing, although copies without an inserted catalogue may have been distributed earlier and currently are considered more desirable than those with this 8-page contemporary catalogue (which has no mention of DRACULA). The most famous and influential of all vampire novels. "Although it is based in part on the crude VARNEY, THE VAMPIRE and the superior Carmilla by LeFanu, Dracula remains the definitive treatment of the classical vampire, a work of great imagination and conviction. While it is generally conceded that it has technical weaknesses - wooden characters, sentimental writing, needless complexity - its virtues overweigh its flaws and it is one of the great classics of supernatural fiction." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1546. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 167-68. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-186. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 375-81. Cawthorn and Moorcock: Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 19. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 21. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 404-06. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 404-09. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-234. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 187. Reginald 13726. Dalby 10a. Wolff 6581a. 10 mm split in cloth at upper spine end professionally mended, spine panel a bit darkened, some light general dust soiling to cloth, a very good copy. A very presentable copy overall. Enclosed in black cloth clamshell box with brown leather spine label. (22166). Item #22166

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