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POLIDORI, John William.]
The Vampyre; A Tale.
London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1819. Octavo (227 x 136 mm). Entirely untrimmed in 20th-century red morocco-backed patterned paper boards with red morocco fore-edges, spine lettered and tooled in blind in 6 compartments, with raised bands, paper watermarked "1818/G". Negligible rubbing to bottom edges of boards, a fine copy with light marginal toning, skilful paper repair to half-title and final blank. With the half-title and two sets of publisher's ads: the first 16 pp. dated 2 November 1818, the second 4 pp. dated 1 March 1818. First edition, in the second and earliest realistically obtainable issue, of this seminal vampire novella. This attractive, untrimmed, copy is beautifully presented in a 20th-century morocco binding signed "J. G. 81" to the rear turn-in. It additionally, and highly unusually, has two sets of integral publisher's advertisements bound to the rear, dating 2 November and 1 March 1818. The Vampyre was first published on 1 April 1819 in Henry Colburn's New Monthly Magazine, with the subtitle "A Tale by Lord Byron", and soon after issued for the first time in book form by Sherwood, Neely and Jones with Byron's name on the title. Polidori sought an injunction against Colburn, while Byron disowned the piece and published his own vampire "Fragment" at the end of Mazeppa by way of a disclaimer. This second issue was then produced without Byron's name on the title. It is distinguishable from third and later issues by the "Extract of a letter from Geneva" preface including salacious reference n p. xiv to Byron having "in his house two sisters [Mary Shelley … [Click Below for Full Description]
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