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(Sells with a handwritten, certified (L.W. Currey Inc.) two-page letter by author Bram Stoker to Victorian actor Sir Henry Irving (Stoker's inspiration for Count Dracula) signed by Bram Stoker.
From the collection of Doctor Roger Anderson & Christian Jüssen and previously the personal library of Baron Athlumney II.
London: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897. First Edition; presumed first print (or possible second printing); probable second issue with the thinner, coated stock, miscut pages, and the last page advertising The Shoulder of Shasta. The two (or multiple) printings were bound and stamped identically, and there are several issues of both. The earliest (as determined by those copies inscribed by the author on, or near publication day) have no publisher's advertisements at all. Copies advertising Dracula are obviously later, although perhaps not by very long. 1899 previous owner's inscription "W.F W Domell June 1899".
Remarkably light foxing, corners bumped, with original yellow cloth fully intact, crack to front interior front paper which does not affect the spine itself or the books' presentation, tight spine, pages "fan", normal shelfwear to yellow cloth, miscut pages (as issued), partial crack to the back endpaper with no paper loss, a shallow 1cm nick bottom-center of the spine-cloth above the "t" in "Constable". Typical soiling/age toning to front and back. Cocked right. Clean text block.
Including a handwritten, certified (L.W. Currey Inc.) two-page letter by Author BRAM STOKER in his capacity as a secretary to the legendary Victorian actor Sir Henry Irving (Stoker's inspiration for Count Dracula) and boldly signed at the bottom by Stoker in his characteristic hand.
The letter is written of LYCEUM THEATRE stationary, date 1st July, 1901...and reads as follows:
1 July 1901
Dear Mr. Hertschel,
Sir Henry Irving asks me to write for him to say that he is sorry there will be not be any possibility of his going to luncheon tomorrow. He would as I have said for him be only too happy to go if it were possible & he asks me to say that he was very much surprised to see a telegraph that he was to go or even (...) he was to sit. He trusts you will not know any such (...) to be sent you (...) with luncheon....in keeping any appointment which he makes & can't imagine how such a....occurred.
Believe me, Truly
Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary antagonist the vampire Count Dracula. Dracula has been attributed to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, that is, told as a series of diary entries and letters.
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This is a great addition to any collector of Dracula books such as myself...the price is great as well, for what you are getting;;;
I just received the book which was in good condition as advertised. I have not read it yet but I am satisfied with the purchase.
Dracula is a classic. One of the best books ever written.
- Christian Jussen (US)
- Bookseller Inventory #
- Bram Stoker
- Remarkably light foxing, corners bumped, with original yellow cloth fully intact, crack to front interior front paper which does
- Book condition
- Used - Near Fine (see descrption)
- Quantity available
- 1st Edition
- Archibald Constable and Company
- Place of Publication
- Date published
- Dracula, Bram Stoker, Stoker Bram, 1st Edition, Dracula First Edition, Dracula 1st Edition, Bram Stoker 1st Edition
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