Item #CNJZ0040 Dracula; The Definitive Edition. Bram Stoker, Marvin Kaye, Edward Gorey, Appendices Introduction, Illustrations.
Dracula; The Definitive Edition
Dracula; The Definitive Edition
Dracula; The Definitive Edition

Dracula; The Definitive Edition

New York: Barnes & Noble, (1996). Gorey, Edward. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing of this publication (with Gorey illustrations) in book form, large octavo size, 464 pp., in publisher's box, with separate lithograph in wallet, the litho also signed by Gorey. Fine. Item #CNJZ0040

"In 1897, the English-speaking world began a monumental shudder which is still in progress. In that year, 'Dracula', the most bloodcurdling of horror stories, was published in England" (n.b., the opening lines of the books' Introduction, p. ix).

This limited edition contains drawings by the inimitable illustrator Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), whose distinctive style is evocative of a mystical, gothic Victorian era; his vast body of work includes over one hundred books written by himself, as well as those by many well-known authors such as T. S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, H. G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf (n. b., info from the Edward Gorey House website).

These illustrations originally appeared in "Dracula, A Toy Theatre"; this publication made special by Gorey's signature on the limitation page as well as on the separate print.

___DESCRIPTION: The volume bound in full black cloth over boards, silver lettering stamped on the front board and spine, small illustration of Count Dracula in red and black mounted onto the front board, two different illustrations taken from the stage setting serving as endpapers, limitation page tipped onto the FFEP with title in red and signed by Edward Gorey, this volume no. 552 of 750 numbered copies (plus 26 lettered), illustrated title page with red lettering, full number line on the copyright page, eight full-page illustrations by Gorey bound in throughout (all of characters in the story), red ribbon marker; large octavo size (9 1/2" by 7"), pagination: [i-viii] ix-xxxvi [1-6] 7-427 [1, colophon]. Separate illustraion (of Lucy Westenra) with the same limitation number, signed by Gorey, in a wallet bound in red cloth over boards and lined with black paper, the illustration contained within corners of black ribbon. Both housed within a drop-back box covered in black cloth and lined with black paper, secured with black ribbon ties.

___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, the ribbon tie securely in place, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing to the illustration on the front board, else fine. The separate illustration and wallet also fine, clean and without wear. The box near fine, strong and sturdy, with some overall light dustiness and the ribbon ties a bit creased from having been tied.

___CITATION: This publication not in Toledano (having been published later), the original illustrations done for "Dracula, A Toy Theatre" being Toledano A73.

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Price: $750.00