Stoker, Bram

In 1897 Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) published what must be one of the most popular books of all time - Dracula. The book has inspired more than 1000 novels and 200 films featuring Dracula. Stoker himself is a bit of a mystery - an academic who managed a theatre and was the personal assistant of Sir Henry Irving (said to be the inspiration of the character) and died in poverty. As a added bit of trivia he married a celebrated beauty who chose Stoker over her former suitor, Oscar Wilde. 

Whilst Stoker didn’t create the ‘vampire’, as there were already various poems and stories dealing with vampires, but he certainly defined the characteristics of the ‘vampire' in it’s modern form.What is notable about ‘ Dracula' is that it is one of the most successful books written in epistolary form to date,  the novel being compiled entirely of letters, diary entries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, doctor's notes, ship's logs, and the like.  A must read if you are serious about the genre.

The prize of our collection was the 1965 Easton Press edition, the book  was designed by Charles Skaggs and the Eric Gill type has been printed on Warren’s Olde Style wove paper . The book is illustrated by Felix Hoffman by creating forty-eight hand-cut wood engravings. This is a large hefty tome.

     

In 2016 Easton released a Deluxe edition illustrated by Rick Berry, this must now surely be one of the most sumptuous editions to date:

        

    

                                           Galley                                                                                 Jarrolds - First Edition                                                                                    BF

  

                                                                                                                                        Vintage Paperbacks

   

                                                                                                    Hinkler Books - First Edition. Oversized YA illustrated adaption. 

                                                

                                                                                                             Unicorn - First Edition. Oversized Illustrated edition

Various Dracula Themed Works:

            

                                           First Edition                                                              B-Format Paperback                                                                 First Edition

 

  

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                                                                Vol.1 of a oversized comic book series by New English Library focused on vampire themes with great art.