Sunday, January 3, 2010
First American Edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula"
From our rare book collection, a first USA edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" from 1899 by Doubleday & McClure. It was originally published in the U.K. in 1897 by Archibald Constable & Co. but the US edition features much better art than the plain yellow covers and red text of the UK edition. Dracula's castle high on a mountain with bats flying overhead just shout vampire! The relevance and importance of this title is pretty obvious, so I won't give a big history lesson here. For that, I send you to Wikipedia.
Think the price of this has gone up with the appearance of teeny bopper vampire lovers? Eh, probably not. I didn't read THAT book, but I have seen THAT movie. Yeah, pretty much no reason to think fans of this would be fans of "Dracula" based on the movie.