The History of the Caliph Vathek (1869)
Book ID: 65253
The History of the Caliph Vathek. Printed Verbatim from First Edition, with the Original Prefaces and Notes by Henley. London: Sampson, Low, 1869. Second Edition. Pp viii, 189, , all edges in gilt. Blue cloth boards, decorated lettered in gilt. Light shelf-wear to covers, otherwise a fine bright copy.
“Vathek’ was first published in French in 1787 as “An Arabian Tale, from an unpublished manuscript”.
One of the earliest Gothic novels, its influence extended from Keats, through Poe, to H.P.Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith.