Bram Stoker's Dracula

Bauman Rare Books Offers Highly Prized First Edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Rare 19th century volume is inscribed by the author

October 5th, 2011 - Just in time for Halloween, Bauman Rare Books, the country’s premier rare and antiquarian bookseller, announces its acquisition and offering of a first edition, scarce first issue, author-inscribed edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

According to David Bauman, proprietor and founder of Bauman Rare Books, “It is exceedingly rare to find an authored-inscribed work from the 19th century. For an author of that era to sign his own works was considered improperly egotistical.”

Mrs. W.S. Gilbert, to whom the book is inscribed, is the wife of William Schwenck Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. Throughout the late 1800’s, Stoker and Gilbert were close friends, and their paths often crossed with such contemporaries as Oscar Wilde and Henry Irving.

During the 19th century, contemporary reviews compared Stoker’s masterpiece to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. More recently, Stephen King has said of Dracula, “Bram Stoker has given us the most remarkable scenes of horror… Dracula is a panting engine of late Victorian sexuality, a sexuality that has been barely sublimated into violence.”

While not the first vampire story to be penned, Stoker’s Dracula is the quintessential vampire, inspiring a century of writers to offer their versions of the undead. In the last few decades alone, vampires have populated television, film and brought millions of young readers back to serial books. From TV’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “True Blood” to the Twilight Saga and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, the vampire is back to enthrall a new generation. Academia has even embraced the vampire. Harvard University offers an on-line course, "Vampire in Literature and Film."

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