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THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO, FIRST EDITION OF THE - Horace Walpole - 1765. 
First edition. Finely bound in turn of the century full brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf, smooth backed spine with gilt titles. Italianate floral filleted borders in gilt to covers and spine, all edges gilt on the rough. Elaborate dentelles and silk end papers.A fine, tall copy. Generally regarded as the original gothic novel, it combines the fanciful sensationalism of a medieval romance with the realism of the novel. In doing so Walpole initiated a literary genre which would see great popularity in the latter part of the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century and had a cascading influence through Charles Maturin, Ann Radcliffe to Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and Daphne du Maurier.Walpole's friend Thomas Gray reported to him that at Cambridge the book made "some of them cry a little, and all in general afraid to go to bed o' nights."
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