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Under the Sunset
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, 1882. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. Bookplate of Guy Coleridge on the front pastedown. Parchment over beveled boards soiled and the spine is darkened, a sound else very good copy. This copy Inscribed by the author at the half-title to his close friend, the renowned British actress Dame Ellen Terry: "Ellen Terry / from her true friend / Bram Stoker Novr. 1881." Nina Auerbach's biography of Terry and Barbara Belford's biography of Stoker, both cast Terry as the model for Mina Murray Harker in *Dracula*. Stoker pays homage to his friend in the text of *Dracula*, mentioning Terry by name in Chapter 13. Stoker and Terry had an affectionate and playful, but apparently platonic relationship. Their relationship is exemplified by a photograph in the Ellen Terry Memorial Museum in Kent, showing the two traveling during Henry Irving's 1896 tour of America and captioned by Terry, "The Honeymoon!" Given the early date of the inscription and the closeness of their friendship during this period, it is possible to surmise that this is one of the earliest, and perhaps the first book that Stoker ever inscribed. A spectacular association copy.
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [United States]
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