Dracula. First Edition, Second Issue (1897)
Book ID: 65081
Dracula. London: Archibald Constable, 1897. First Edition, Second Issue. Publisher’s yellow cloth boards, lettered & ruled in red. Dust soling to covers, ownership ink stamp to front paste-down, Ownership name in ink (scored through) to first chapter page. Contents pages in nice bright condition throughout. Housed in matching collector’s solander box.
The first edition in the second state binding with eight-pages of undated advertisments to rear, and without the advert for ‘The Shoulder of Shasta.’
[Note: The catalogue features an advert for Warren’s editing of ‘The Faerie Queene’ its first two volumes, which was published early in 1897, hence confirming the second state of this edition]
The first issue of Dracula was published on May 26, and as sales were sluggish it is almost certain that not all copies were initially bound, and that this second issue was in fact bound later, adding the catalog. All subsequent copies of the earliest re-printings carry an advert for ‘The Shoulder of Shasta’ on the final integral leaf.
Dracula consisted of 3000 copies and were sent to bookstores on 26 May 1897. Although reviews were mixed Charlotte Stoker wrote to her son: ‘My dear it is splendid, a thousand miles beyond anything you have written before, and I feel certain will place you very high in the writers of the day.. No book since Mrs. Shelly’s Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror.’
Having written what was to become the most famous Gothic horror novel of all time, Stoker died on 20th April 1912, not long enough to see Dracula’s immense cultural impact, and its many permutations in print and on the screen.