Dracula’s Guest and other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker.
First edition, first printing published in 1914 by George Routledge. Original scarlet clith with blind-stamped designs and titles to the upp board, gilt stamped to the spine. An unusually attractive copy of a book which is notorious for coming onto the market in poor condition. The cloth is bright and fresh, thanks to the presence of the wrapper. Corners are rather square, the spine has faded slightly. Some foxing to the text block and corresponding page edges. A small advert for players navy cut cigarettes has been pasted to the fpd.
Wrapper; The original dustjacket, second state 1914 bearing the price of 2/- to the spine, (the first state unusually priced at 1/- never makes an appearance). Handforth's exceptional jacket art depicts a baying wolf sat the victim who has had his throat torn out, a carriage pulled by black horses pulls through a snow covered graveyard, the winds whistling around the scene. It is without doubt one of the most atmospheric dustjackets in Supernatural Fiction not to mention one of the rarest and most sought after with very few copies surviving the Great War.
Small piece of loss to the top of the spine, and to the rear panel, small chips to the hinge corners. The white flaps and lower panel are very clean.
This collection of Stoker’s short stories contains ‘Dracula’s Guest’, ‘The Judge’s House’, ‘The Squaw’, ‘The Secret of the Glowing Gold’, ‘A Gypsy Prophecy’, ‘The Coming of Abel Behenna’, ‘The Burial of the Rats’, ‘A Dream of Red Hands’ and ‘Crooken Sands’. Dracula’s Guest was infact a segment that Stoker removed from his novel ‘Dracula’ and was printed here for the first time by his wife Florence who dedicated the book to their son upon Stoker’s death. One of the cornerstone collections in Weird and Supernatural Fiction. £2000