Bram Stoker - The Lady of the Shroud, William Heinemann 1909, 1st Edition


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Bram Stoker - The Lady of the Shroud, William Heinemann 1909, 1st Edition. Includes two inserted loose advert slips that must have come with the original book.

This book is as noted in Bram Stoker a Bibliography, Richard Dalby and William Hughes, Desert Island Books 2004 on Page 74-75.

THE LADY OF THE SHROUD

London, William Heinemann, 1909. 1909

COLLATION: 8vo., 19¾ cm. x 12½ cm. [7¾" x 5"] pp.viii + 367, consisting of: free endpaper; half title (i); other works by the same author (ii); title page (iii); copyright notice (iv); dedication 'TO / MY DEAR OLD FRIEND / THE COM-TESSE DE GUERBEL / (GENEVIEVE WARD)' (v); verso blank (vi); contents-ten chapter headings [intro.+ IX Books], pp.vii-viii; text, pp.1-367; verso blank (368); free endpaper.

BINDING: Dark red (maroon) cloth, lettered on front cover in black with floral design, and on spine in gilt; with four horizontal rules in gilt on spine. Publisher's colophon (windmill) blindstamped in centre of back cover.

NOTES: Published July 1909, price 6s. British Empire edition published simultaneously in Heinemann' s Colonial Library: decorated cloth, price 3s. 6d; paper wrappers, price 2s. 6d. The dedicatee, actress Genevieve Ward (1837-1922), starred in many plays at the Lyceum. She was later created a Dame of the Order of the British Empire (in 1921 ), the first woman to be so honoured for services to the stage.

DUSTJACKET (Not included with this Copy): Front of d/j carries the title of The Lady of the Shroud, and three other 'new novels'. Six other novels are advertised on the back of the d/j, plus John Galsworthy's Fraternity on the front flap and three novels by William De Morgan on the back flap. The original manuscript of The Lady of the Shroud was auctioned at Sotheby' s, London, on 7 July 1913 (lot 178); it was sold for £1-1-0 [buyer: Maggs].

Reprints

These early Rider editions were not abridged. Usually they were undated on the title page, but carry the original 'copyright 1909' on the verso, and have been mistaken for the first edition.

(Popular edition.) London, William Rider Qune 1914). pp.364.

London, William Rider (February 1920). pp.362.

London, William Rider (October 1925). pp.355.

(20th edition) William Rider (May 1934). pp.316.

Abridged edition

Only two-thirds of the original novel appear in the modern editions from Jarrolds and Arrow. Of the text of the 367-page first edition, pages 248-280 are condensed to only six pages, and the final 87 pages of the book (pp.281-367) are entirely missing. 

Condition: Very Good - Some spine fade, wear on the edges of the cloth, bruised corners, and along spine. White mark back board top left. Tape staining to front and back endpapers and boards, where someone has used tape to stick a protective cover. Some page yellowing. Pencilled text on page 4 at the top. Foxing to page edges.small tear and fold page 163 bottom right. 248 fold crease on page.