New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 493 pp., signed by Anne Rice. Fine / near fine. Item #22030101
Anne Rice (1941-2021), author of gothic fiction and erotic literature, is perhaps best known for "The Vampire Chronicles". This series began with "Interview with the Vampire" (published 1976) which was made into a film in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antionio Banderas and other film luminaries.
This work, "The Vampire Lestat", "chronicles Lestat's own origins, as he resurfaces in the modern world, his attempt to find himself by exposing himself to humanity in the guise of a rock star...culminating with this accidental awakening of Akasha, the...first vampire..." (n.b., quote from Wiki).
This first printing signed by Anne Rice simply (no inscription), with her name on the half-title page.
___DESCRIPTION: Cream paper over boards with a cream linen shelfback, gilt initials with a decorative border stamped on the front, gilt lettering stamped on the spine, fore-edge uncut, Anne Rice's signature in black ink on the half-title page, first printing with the words "First Edition" on the copyright page with no further printings; octavo size (9 3/8" by 6 1/2"), pagination: [i-viii] [1-3] 4-481 [1, blank] [1, announcement "The third book in 'The Chronicles of the Vampires' will follow".] [1, blank] [1, colophon]. Publisher's dust jacket has the original price of $17.95 on the front flap with a summary of the book, short author bio and black-and-white photograph on the back flap, front panel with the detail "Triumph of Death" from the "Book of Hours" illuminated by Giulo Clovio with black lettering over a large gold "V", similar design and lettering on the spine, back panel with review blurbs from 'Interview with the Vampire".
___CONDITION: Volume fine overall, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of edgewear to the bottom of the boards, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket near fine, clean, with a minimal amount of overall edgewear including a very short (approx. 1/8") closed tear at the top of the back panel. Overall a near fine to fine example signed by Rice on the half-title.
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