Dracula

carbon typescript of "Dynamo"

DrACULA

by Bram Stoker.  Westminster. Archibald Constable And Company. 2 Whitehall Gardens. 1897.

First Edition, First Issue, with page 392 blank (i.e. without the publisher's advertisement for The Shoulder of Shasta.)

   

   In his 1983 bibliography of Bram Stoker, Richard Dalby states that later issues of the first edition carry an advertisement for The Shoulder of Shasta on the rear flyleaf [392]" and that the "publishers cannot confirm any other points regarding status of the first issue, nor the exact publishing date."

 

     

    This copy also has an eight page terminal catalog, not to be confused with the sixteen page catalog found in addition to the Shoulder of Shasta ad in later issues.   In 2004, Dalby revised his bibliography, speculating that copies with this eight-page terminal catalog (beginning with an ad for The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith and ending with one for The Whitehall Shakespeare, and carrying no mention of Dracula) represented yet another intermediary state preceding the addition of the Shoulder of Shasta ad.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE Publisher's Review Copy

     Dalby also noted that the exact date of publication of Dracula is uncertain, but is generally believed to be within the last week of May, coinciding with the earliest newspaper reviews.”  He goes on to say that copies of the First Issue “carrying the words ‘Presented by Archibald Constable & Co.’ blind-stamped on the top right corner of the title-page, signify very early copies sent out for review.”  [Bram Stoker: A Bibliography.  Desert Island Books. 2004.  pp. 55-56.]  This is one such copy.

    Publisher’s original yellow cloth, lettered in red on the covers and spine.  Rebacked, preserving the original spine which is soiled and faded.  There is some fading and a few spots of discoloration to the covers as well, though less severe.  Internally, the front free endpaper is absent, else the book is complete and quite clean.  It is generally difficult to know if rebacked or recased copies of this title are truly “First Issue” since the restoration raises the possibility of sophistication.  That’s not the case here, as the publisher’s presentation blind-stamp definitively identifies the book as one of the very earliest copies.