Bram Stoker - Dracula, Archibald Constable and Company 1897, 1st Issue of the 1st Edition
Bram Stoker - Dracula, Archibald Constable and Company 1897, 1st Edition, 1st Issue. The words 'Presented by Archibald Constable & Co.' blindstamped on the top right corner of the title page, which signify this copy as a very early copy which was sent out for review.
This book is as noted in Bram Stoker a Bibliography, Richard Dalby and William Hughes, Desert Island Books 2004 on Page 55.
DRACULA: 1st Edition, 1st Issue
Westminster, Archibald Constable and Company, 1897.
COLLATION: 8vo., 19 3/4 cm x 12 3/3 cm (7 1/2" x 5") pp.x + 390, consisting of: free endpaper; half title 'DRACULA / By / BRAM STOKER' (i); books by the sam author (ii); title page (iii); copyright notice 'Copyright, 1897, in the United States of America, according / to Act of Congress, by Bram Stoker. / (All rights reserved)' (iv); dedication 'TO / MY DEAR FRIEND / HOMMY-BEG' (v); verso blank (vi); contents - XXVII chapter headings (vii(-ix; author's note (eight lines) (x); text, pp.(1)-390, blank flyleaf (391-392); free endpaper.
BINDING: Yellow cloth, lettered on spine, front and back covers in red, with horizontal red single rules top and bottom of spine. Red single rules, partly broken lettering, border front and back covers.
DUST JACKET (Not Included with this copy): Identical colour and lettering to the cloth binding. The only known original example is located at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. (If you know any different please let us know!).
NOTE: Published late May 1897, price 6s. The Exact publication date of Dracula is uncertain, but generally believed to be within the last week of May, coinciding with the earliest newspaper reviews. in a letter to William Gladstone dates '24 May 97' (accompanied by a copy of the book), Stoker stated that Dracula would be published two days after. Several of his early presentation copies are dated between 24 May and 10 June. First issues carrying words 'Presented by Archibald Constable & Co.' blindstamped on the top right corner of the title page, signify very early copies sent out for review (This copy of the book is one of them). The Memorandum of Agreement for the book, witnessed and signed by Stoker and dated 20 May 1897, mentions only the working title 'THE UNDEAD', and not the final title which was destined to become so famous. The agreement states that 'the Publishers are to print at least three thousand copies', with non-specific references to a Colonial Edition.
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There was a 2nd and 3rd Issue of the 1st Edition. These are described below: