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[Polidori, John.]
THE VAMPYRE; A TALE. LONDON: FOR SHERWOOD, NEELY AND JONES, 1819
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 3,500 GBP
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239
[Polidori, John.]
THE VAMPYRE; A TALE. LONDON: FOR SHERWOOD, NEELY AND JONES, 1819
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 3,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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[Polidori, John.]
THE VAMPYRE; A TALE. LONDON: FOR SHERWOOD, NEELY AND JONES, 1819
8vo (225 x 138mm.), first edition, second issue with title page and half-title reset removing Byron's name, earlier state of p.36 with dropped "a" in "almost", engraved facsimile of Byron's letter to Galignani disavowing authorship of the work tipped in at the beginning, 12pp. advertisements at the end, original drab wrappers, preserved in black cloth folding box, some browning and foxing, small tear to front endpaper, spine broken, partially disbound
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Provenance

Anne Renier and F.G. Renier, book-label

Literature

Wise p.96; Wolff 5577; Summers p.21

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST VAMPIRE STORY IN ENGLISH, written by the physician John Polidori (1795--1821) who became Byron's secretary in 1816. The very rare first issue carried the Colburn imprint and attributed the work to Byron, who was swift to contest the attribution in his celebrated letter to Galignani of The Messenger, who then created an engraved facsimile used in many copies of the pirated Works published in Paris (a copy of the facsimile is tipped in here). Also included in this lot is a disbound copy of The New Monthly Magazine for 1st April 1819 (no.63, vol.XI) containing the first appearance of "The Vampyre", printed by the editor Colburn under Byron's name.

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