Dracula. London: Archibald Constable, 1899. Sixth Edition. Pp ix, 390, uncut. With one page advertising 'The Shoulder of Shasta' at rear. Publisher's original yellow cloth boards, decorated with a boarder of single red fillet with title and author lettered in red, spine lettered in red. Light fading and minor dust soiling to covers, vertical crease to upper board & mild vertical creaseing to approx. 1/3 of contents pages. Overall a very good copy in the iconic publisher's binding, as used in the first edition published in 1897. All early issues in this classic binding are rare (Constable published eight editions in all, over a period of eleven years)
The first printing of 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.