Editions of "Dracula"

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Editions of "Dracula"

1housefulofpaper
maig 19, 2020, 1:23pm

First up, an edition from Four Corner Books, published in 2008 (this is the second printing from 2009).

There's always a concept of some kind behind their editions. for example their The Picture of Dorian Gray (which I don't own) is in the format of high-end fashion magazine and illustrated with appropriate photography.

Here, the book's cover echoes the first edition (but the design is a bit tidier!).





Each narrator/"voice" in the novel has their own distinct typeface.



Illustrations are full-page, pencil drawings which do not depict any people, so there is no representation of the Count in this one.

2housefulofpaper
maig 19, 2020, 1:47pm

This is the Folio Society's 2008 edition, with an introduction from Irish novelist John Banville and illustrations by wood engraver Abigail Rorer, including one in colour.



Here's the colour frontispiece and the title page.


Here's an example of one of the interior illustrations.

3housefulofpaper
maig 19, 2020, 1:52pm

>2 housefulofpaper:
I forgot to put the ruler in the pictures. In the slip-case, this book is the same height as the Four Corners edition.

4housefulofpaper
maig 19, 2020, 2:10pm

The 2019 Folio Society limited edition.

Fabric-covered decorated slip-case. Leather cover. Illustrations by Angela Barrett. Reprints John Banville's introduction. Limited to 750 numbered copies.

Here's the slip-case.



The cover.


Title page.
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Interior illustration.


Illustration at the end of a chapter.

5housefulofpaper
Editat: maig 19, 2020, 3:27pm

The Fine Press Forum group brought this to my attention last year. They discussed both this edition and a more expensive edition, which has sold out. There was some disapproval of the volumes for being gimmicky, especially the more expensive edition which included soil from Transylvania and the creators' signatures in their own blood (sealed and safe, they assured us).

I held off at the time, I had just bought the Folio edition after all, but month and more in lockdown, seeing the thread again, suddenly my credit card was burning a hole in my pocket..anyway, this is the 2019 edition from Amaranthine Books of Zagreb (the Transylvanian edition). One of 666 numbered copies.

Here is the book in its slip-case, which is polyurethane and textured to resemble wood - to resemble one of Dracula's "earth boxes", in fact.



The cover with Dracula's profile printed on a velvet-textured cloth cover. My phone doesn't really capture the colour or the way the cloth reflects the light.



Some design decisions look odd from the angle of the Anglo-American Fine Press tradition. For example the main text starts on the verso of the page (the left hand side). The point size is larger than in the other editions - not quite to the extent of being a large-print book, but it's noticeably thicker than the other editions (it makes for a thicker book, I mean). Also showing is the plastic stake-shaped bookmark the publisher included (the book also has a ribbon marker).



Here's one of the colour interior illustrations. You can also see an editorial decision that I think is unique to this edition, printing certain, presumably key, paragraphs in bold.



The cover and interior illustrations are glow in the dark. As I said, gimmicks.

6LolaWalser
maig 19, 2020, 3:22pm

#2 (((fave))) But I do love that illustration in the Four Corners.

Great pictures. Hm, I missed that they recycled (presumably?) Banville's intro for the LE.

7LolaWalser
maig 19, 2020, 3:25pm

The Amaranthine Press edition is a lot of fun. The cover illustration of the Count is the best ever conceptualisation, IMO.

8housefulofpaper
maig 19, 2020, 4:42pm

>6 LolaWalser:
I'm glad you liked them. Yes, the Four Corners book is very atmospheric in an understated way. Banville's introduction is reused. I'm not sure how I feel about it. initially it was disappointing but, if a new introduction had been commissioned would I have felt the loss of the Banville? He's quite a big name after all and as an Irish author, particularly appropriate to contribute an introduction. If it had been possible to reprint him alongside a newly commissioned one - would it give the book the slightly rag-bag air that (say) some Centipede Press books can have when they include old interviews and introductions, old paperback covers, etc?

>7 LolaWalser:
I had the same thought about that cover image. It's striking (I think it is, anyway) how both this and the FS limited edition aimed for fidelity to the description in the text, yet came up with such different images.

9housefulofpaper
Editat: maig 19, 2020, 8:04pm

The New Annotated Dracula edited by Leslie S. Klinger

This contains the full text of the novel. The square format of the book provides wide margins for explanatory notes, illustrative photos, etc.

Also includes an introduction "the context of Dracula"; after the novel, appendices (including the short story "Dracula's Guest" - probably a rejected chapter - Stoker decided to start the novel with Harker further on in his journey); and a final section covering the novel's cultural impact over the past century or so (it's a shock to realise that this book, which in my head is still a recent-ish purchase, is already 12 years old!)

I can't pass over what I consider a lapse of taste, and a real unwelcome surprise when I first got this book. In his preface, Stoker mention the Jack the Ripper murders. Klinger illustrates this section by printing a photo of Mary Kelly's mutilated body.

In annotating the text, Klinger has applied the same approach he applied to his Annotated edition of the Sherlock Holmes canon. For a long time, Sherlockians have amused themselves by treating the stories as fact, and then setting out to explain away apparent errors and contradictions in the text (how many times was Watson married? Where and how were his wounds from Afghanistan? etc). Klingr played this game all through his notes to Holmes, and does the same thing to Stoker's novel here.

Here's the book in its dust jacket.

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Here's the book without its jacket.



Two pages showing the novel's text surrounded by Klinger's notes.



I've included this double page spread because Klinger issued quite a large number of errata, or rather made them available on his website. I copied the corrections over to my copy, as you can see here. I really don't know if the corrections were made to subsequent reprints (was it reprinted?)



Here's a double page with an illustration. The editorial matter at the front and back does have more illustrations, some in colour, than is evident in the annotated novel pages.

10alaudacorax
Editat: maig 19, 2020, 11:48pm

Great thread.

>5 housefulofpaper:
I really, really like the look of the Amaranthine edition, but the only copy I can find is £800. I seem to remember you posting when you purchased it--I should have grabbed a copy then!

I'm never quite sure about Folio Society editions; they often strike me as a bit garish. The 2019 edition is a case in point as the wolves on the cover seem to me rather Disney cartoonish (perhaps, even, a hint of Wile E. Coyote?) I quite like the look of the 2008 edition, but, again, it is now very expensive.

>9 housefulofpaper:
Quite agree with you about the Mary Kelly photograph, and it's a shame about the errata (and I do not at all have your neatness when annotating books), but I'm still very tempted by the Klinger edition. Not least because I'm intrigued to read Klinger's notes.

11housefulofpaper
maig 20, 2020, 5:06am

>10 alaudacorax:
This is the cheaper of the two versions from Amaranthine books. The other edition is sold out, but I bought this from the publisher's website just a week ago. It wasn't £800!

12pgmcc
maig 20, 2020, 5:24am

Thank you for this thread. I have just spent five minutes in heaven admiring beautiful books.

Perhaps heaven is not the right place to mention given the book involved.

13alaudacorax
maig 20, 2020, 6:15am

>11 housefulofpaper:

Never thought to check the publisher's website. The person on AbeBooks is obviousy trying it on! Still a bit too rich for my blood, though.

14alaudacorax
maig 20, 2020, 6:24am

>11 housefulofpaper:, >13 alaudacorax:

Ah. Just found last year's post where you mentioned you were going to buy it and memory came flooding back. I remember drooling over it at the time and dismissing it as too painful for my wallet.

>12 pgmcc:

I'm not sure if 'heaven' is the right word given all the TEMPTATION involved.

15LolaWalser
maig 20, 2020, 10:33am

>10 alaudacorax:

Whew, someone else who doesn't like the Folio LE, thought I'd be alone on that... No offense to the fans, de gustibus etc.

I quite like the look of the 2008 edition, but, again, it is now very expensive.

It's curious they haven't reprinted it by now, seems it would be a good seller (again) for sure. At least, as it's a standard edition, one may keep hoping for a reprint.

16Rembetis
maig 21, 2020, 11:46am

>1 housefulofpaper: Great photos, thanks. The last time I read 'Dracula' (last year), I read from the Folio Society edition (post number 2), which is my fave. I also have the Four Corner Books edition, which I like very much for its lovely cover and illustrations. The Amaranthine edition looks amazing, especially the illustrations that glow in the dark.

I also value the paperback Norton Critical Edition of 'Dracula', edited by Nina Auerback and David J Skal (1997). It has a striking, metallic, blood red, mirror-like cover with an illustration of Dracula himself, Sir Henry Irving. It has 150+ extra pages, with sections on:
- Contexts, such as an excerpt from Emily Gerard's 1885 opus 'Transylvanian Superstitions', and Christopher Frayling discussing Stoker's working papers for the book;
- Original reviews from Athenaeum, Spectator, etc;
- Discussion of Dramatic and film variations; and
- Criticism, including Christopher Craft on Gender and Inversion in 'Dracula', and Talia Schaffer's essay 'A Wilde Desire Took Me' - a homoerotic history of 'Dracula'.




17LolaWalser
maig 21, 2020, 12:05pm

>16 Rembetis:

Irving played Dracula, who knew?! Amazing illustration.

18housefulofpaper
Editat: maig 30, 2020, 8:50pm

>17 LolaWalser:

Irving didn't play Dracula, but there is a theory that he largely was Dracula, or at least his commanding personality and saturnine character was something that Stoker drew on, possibly subconsciously, when writing the novel.

That's a photo of Irving playing Mephistopheles. A Penguin Classics edition from the early '90s that I used to own used the same photo for its cover. At first glance I thought it was Christopher Lee, which is interesting!

I do have the Norton edition too but I think it must be a later printing. The cover is grey in a black border, and the photo of Irving is cropped down to basically a mugshot.

Edited - corrected "Irving" to "Stoker" in the first paragraph.

19LolaWalser
maig 21, 2020, 12:51pm

>18 housefulofpaper:

there is a theory that he largely was Dracula

Oh, LOL!

I too saw Lee in that face! Refrained from saying as it feels I'm pushing movies into everything these days...

20pgmcc
maig 21, 2020, 4:34pm

>14 alaudacorax: As a countryman of mine once said, "I can resist anything but temptation".

21Rembetis
maig 21, 2020, 8:56pm

>18 housefulofpaper: >19 LolaWalser: It's interesting that, in order to establish the stage rights to 'Dracula', there was a staged reading of the 'play' at the Lyceum Theatre (in reality, pasted together segments of the book). If I remember right from various biographies, Sir Henry Irving refused to participate in the event, but drifted through anyway, and told Stoker 'Dracula' was 'dreadful!' Funny that Irving is almost completely forgotten, and Stoker's creation seems immortal!

I can recommend the fiction book (based on real events), 'Shadowplay' by Joseph O'Connor. An engrossing tale of the relationship between Sir Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Bram Stoker; and the background to the creation of 'Dracula'. I found it engrossing and emotional.

22frahealee
Editat: maig 23, 2020, 11:03am

Wow, stunning stuff. I only have an ebook c/o Kobo. =(

Side question, are dust covers important to the value of a book? I turf mine immediately because I find them annoying. I only have a few books in cases, and one clothbound hardcover which makes it easier for arthritic knuckles to grasp, with or without pain. I understand storage methods would lend something to its longevity but do paper covers for hardback editions contribute to the overall value? Recent editions and/or ancient? Severe allergies from childhood to various environments limit my exposure to musty old wonders hidden in the depths of used bookstores, which I adore, but can barely tolerate now. Libraries are hit and miss, depending on their stock. Poetry sections are always revealing, but more 'stagnant' than fiction. I cannot buy second hand ever because they're usually filled with cat or dog hair. Home collections usually suffer the same fate. It's nice to enjoy your visuals though!

My favourite image is the wolves, which I didn't realize factored in the story so heavily until reading Dracula for the first time the year before last. My formative years drew from Never Cry Wolf so the writing is what controls the tension. I support protection of wolves here, when governments try to cull them due to caribou decline, since the blame is misplaced. I do love their role in the book which is very different from typical werewolves in literature. Plenty of room for allsorts!

23pgmcc
maig 23, 2020, 11:22am

>22 frahealee: Dust covers were originally introduced as a wrapper to protect the book and it was known for the cover to be pulled off and binned at the time of purchase. Since then the dust covers have become collector items in themselves and a book with its original dust jacket will be valued multiple times its value without it.

24frahealee
Editat: maig 23, 2020, 12:08pm

>23 pgmcc: Thank you, that's good to know. The only ones I kept were Keats and Poe, since I liked the designs. The oldest books I own are Shakespeare and Bibles, all family heirlooms, but no dust covers on them, more imitation leather I think. My folks aren't around anymore to ask. I'm afraid to open them too far to locate a copyright date for fear of cracking their brittle spines.

25pgmcc
maig 23, 2020, 12:43pm

>24 frahealee:
You can use a cushion, or two, to rest an old book on so it does not open fully. That saves the spine while giving you a chance to view the content. If your books are old they may pre-date copyright.

26frahealee
Editat: maig 26, 2020, 7:12am

>25 pgmcc: We managed to find the book, a 1350p. Complete Works of WS, presented to my grandfather circa 1913/14 before arrival in Canada. Mum was born here in 1932, his 4th. He died when she was a child. The book was a gift from a Baptist pastor in Brabourne, Kent for 'services as organist' (paid or voluntary?) and cover has been taped inside/out, badly worn, musty wrinkly pages with that yellowed odour, but it's nice to have a bit of his history. All I know about him is that he was a military man who did embroidery for his health. No visible copyright date, but edited/glossary by W.J. Craig, M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin (for Oxford University Press). Wow, small world! =) Wave at it for me! Happy Sunday.

27frahealee
maig 26, 2020, 7:00am

On another side note, a sweet little bat flitted around overhead at dawn, snarfing down a selection of mosquitoes and moths (?) within 3m. of my head. So quick, so exacting, but ravenous. You can bet I kept a very close eye on it. Disappeared by 6am. Made my day!

28pgmcc
maig 26, 2020, 8:00am

>27 frahealee: Were you rushing home before the direct sunlight struck you?

:-)

29frahealee
Editat: maig 26, 2020, 8:20am

>28 pgmcc: Teehee! =D Merely coffee on my patio. I'd just strolled through the long grass, stirring up flying critters for it to munch on. Worked wonders. Even the resident skunk likes me, not a spray in 15yrs. The natural world seems to trust or at least tolerate me, since I've never been a pet-owner. The wild critters flock to my yard and seem to get along, unlike human groupings. Perhaps I'm well in touch with my inner beast! I love Robin Williams in FernGully as Batty, which I'll now need to watch soon, the idea of a special needs bat makes me smile. For the record, I do sunburn easily...

30pgmcc
maig 26, 2020, 8:29am

>29 frahealee: I can just picture your strolling through the grass with bats over head and the wolves striding along beside you.

31frahealee
Editat: maig 26, 2020, 9:11pm

>30 pgmcc: Would you believe a red fox?! At least I hope that's what it was...
Now you're making me nervous, some kind of Francis of Assisi effect? Bats, bees, birds, bunnies, groundhogs, chipmunks, etc. No snakes in my Eden, a good sign. Gothic tropes seem to find me, now that I recognize them. You've all brought great clarity to centuries of Dracula shadows and appeal. The gothic church bell tower is a few blocks away, so maybe that's our resident bat condos! Great view.

32housefulofpaper
maig 27, 2020, 8:28pm

Okay, not strictly editions of Dracula, but books about Dracula. Clockwise from the top, we have...

The chapter on Dracula from Sir Christopher Frayling's Nightmare: the Birth of Horror - the tie-in book to the 1996 BBC TV series. This is really good. Informative, accurate and a lively read. The Dracula episode is currently uploaded to ...the usual place.

The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula. It's not by any means an academic book but for about half its length this s also informative and a lively read, and as far as I recall it's accurate as well. But it does start to fizzle out and descend to obvious filler material and "listicles" well before the end.

Dracula: An International Perspective is an academic textbook in Palgrave Macmillan's Palgrave Gothic series. As such it's usually ludicrously expensive and I wouldn't have bought it. But by chance I got wind of an online sale over Christmas where their books were priced at about 10% of the usual price. So here it is. Most interesting essays? Looking at the Pied Piper myth as an overlooked possible influence on Dracula; plotting out a likely location for castle Dracula based on a close reading of the text and working out the likely speeds of the horse drawn vehicles used by Jonathan Harker at the start of the novel and the "band of light" (van Helsing et al) at the end - and thereby defending Stoker against accusations of authorial clumsiness; and similar thoughts on who Stoker may have hd in mind as the "historical" Dracula. Other essays look at the literary precursors of Dracula, literary representations of "the East" and tourism. Tourism and literary close reading are probably the two distinguishing topics of this collection.

The Cambridge Companion to Dracula only arrived this evening, courtesy of Amazon (I'm trying not to use Amazon, but I received vouchers for my lockdown birthday). So no thoughts on it yet.

Who is Dracula's Father? - John Sutherland (Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus at University College London) had already produced a couple of books devoted to ortiz out or investigating "cruxes" - puzzles or apparent mistakes - in literary classics. And here's a whole book devoted to such issues in Dracula. The title question, and "Why does van Helsing swear in German" and "Who washes Dracula's pinafore", and so on. Also includes an irreverent summary of the novel by John Crace, in the style of his '"x" Digested' Guardian column. And this one does have Christopher Lee on the cover!

Dracula: The Novel & The Legend subtitled "A Study of Bram Stoker's Gothic Masterpiece". The oldest book here, 1985 according to the copyright page. Clive Leatherdale has written at least one more Dracula book, and it seems to be referenced in preference to this one. I don't have Dracula Unearthed (2006) so don't know how the author's thoughts have developed and/or changed. This book is split into three sections, firstly covering vampires, previous vampire literature, the origins of Dracula. The second part is titled "Dramatic Prsonae". The third is "Perspectives", those being sexual symbolism, Psychoanalytical, Dracula as Christian parody, etc. I'v already mentioned that the 2006 BBC Dracula, which veered away from Stoker a great deal, made more sense after I'd read this book. It seemed to me I had found where some of the production's ideas had come from.

33frahealee
Editat: maig 28, 2020, 12:07pm

They all look terrific! I've unconsciously ignored vampires for so many years that I'm in dismal literary arrears. =( The Gothic Lit group discussion has really fanned the flames, as did the 50 Hallowe'en stories ebook. I have no camera or smartphone so cannot expect to capture my bat in action, nor post pix of valued volumes, so I'm living vicariously through you. These selections w(h)et one's appetite, almost to salivating. I like the idea of a treasure hunt of trivia for items out of alignment. Research gold!

34LolaWalser
maig 29, 2020, 1:13pm

Yes, a most attractive all-you-can-bite buffet! I've seen several of those literary puzzles books by Sutherland but never that one *takes note*. The Palgrave and the Cambridge U. tomes are impressive and way past hobbyism.
Off to look for Frayling's programme now, double quick...

35housefulofpaper
maig 31, 2020, 6:06pm

There's a Dracula ballet on BBC Four right now!
Not the Guy Maddin film, this is a different production by Northern Ballet. I spotted it in the schedules with 3 minutes to spare, otherwise I would have given advance notice.
If you're in the UK and have a TV licence, you can catch up on iPlayer.

36housefulofpaper
juny 2, 2020, 8:11pm

Oldstyle Tales is a small press run by M. Grant Kellermeyer, M.A. He has produced annotated editions of classic works of Gothic and Weird fiction and also illustrates them with a rough but vigorous white-on-black style. The books are produced as print-on-demand paperbacks.

I had bought his edition of Algernon Blackwood tales because it contained a couple I didn't own in other editions. I suppose it was realising that even the Klinger edition of Dracula is over 10 years old that prompted me to but this edition, which was first published in 2016.

Here's the cover which is, on reflection, perfectly appropriate as the main threat in the story (aside from the undefined plans that Dracula has for {England/The Empire/The Western World/The Modern World} is from sexualised vampire women, or turning English roses into sexualised vampire women.

The book is softcover of course (and with the strangely rubberised finish that print-on-demand seem to have now - although I suppose that depends on where they are printed. This one merely states "printed in Great Britain by Amazon". It's large for a paperback, the text block about the dimensions of a trade hardback.



The book has an introduction which covers the topics one would expect - biographical notes on Stoker, the novel's reception, the main character's cultural afterlife and so on. Having been reading up on the subject I quibbled with some of what is said here (for example, discussing screen portrayals, Kellermeyer says Louis Jourdan's 1977 Dracula for the BBC inspired Farnk Langella's cinema version two years later, but Langella was already playing the role on stage in 1977).

Kellermeyer notes three main sources for the notes annotating the text, Leonard Wolf's 1975 Annotated Dracula, Leslie Klinger's New Annotated Dracula, and (at one remove as Klinger uses him) Clive Leatherdale's Dracula Unearthed. As I had wanted to see an up-to-the-minute scholarly view of the book, I read that a little ruefully.

Here's a view of the book open near the beginning of the story, showing the text and some of professor Kellermeyer's annotations.

There are some typos and some awkward typesetting (an almost blank page because of a collision of extensive annotating and a full page illustration for example that a professional typesetter would have been able to fix, but in general the book is well set and the typeface and size well chosen. To offset my criticisms, I have to say that I found it a pleasure to read the story in this edition.

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A word or two about the illustrations. I said they're vigorous. They don't always work, Kellermeyer's grasp of anatomy especially is decidedly wonky in some of the illustrations (they can be seen on the page for this novel on the Oldstyle Tales website, by the way), but he has some definite successes in the portraits of the main characters. Here's a half-vampirised Mina.



And this portrait of Dracula is I think, superb.

37benbrainard8
juny 2, 2020, 9:43pm

I like this versions of Dracula, too, as its more like how the book describes his appearance.

38alaudacorax
juny 4, 2020, 7:18am

>36 housefulofpaper:

Where does that cover illustration come from? It doesn't look like the same hand as the rest of Kellermeyer's illustrations and I'm sure I've seen it before, somewhere.

Incidentally, your mention of Blackwood prompted me to searching online and I was astonished at the sheer volume of his output. Don't know if I'd forgotten or never knew. Bought an e-omnibus. With other buys lately I probably now have enough reading here for the next three pandemics ...

39housefulsfilmtv
juny 4, 2020, 7:29am

>38 alaudacorax:
There’s a credit on the back cover. The picture is “The Bat-Woman” by Albert-Joseph Penot.

The print collections of Blackwood I’ve found have a lot of overlap between the stories (from my phone which is logged into my DVD account).

40alaudacorax
juny 4, 2020, 7:42am

>39 housefulsfilmtv:

Probably my memory is playing tricks on me and it's that volume I'm remembering.

41housefulsfilmtv
juny 4, 2020, 7:58am

I think I saw it here as used on a different edition of the book. But it also feels like an image I had seen before that.

42LolaWalser
juny 4, 2020, 8:46am

It reminds very strongly of Félicien Rops, various images.

43alaudacorax
juny 4, 2020, 9:36am

>38 alaudacorax:, >39 housefulsfilmtv:, >40 alaudacorax:

I've almost certainly seen that volume before, but I've realised that my immediate familiarity, for some quiet unfathomable reason, was to Brigitte Helm in Metropolis, which I watched a night or two back. No, I can't see the connection either ... now.

44housefulofpaper
Editat: juny 4, 2020, 6:56pm

>43 alaudacorax:

I've looked at all the covers on Librarything and another edition DID use this painting (thankfully it was near the top of the "pile"). It's reproduced in black and white, and it's an old Penguin Classic with the black and yellow border.

Robot Maria (Brigitte Helm) strikes a similar pose in her seductive dance, I think. But no bat wings.

45alaudacorax
juny 5, 2020, 8:22am

>44 housefulofpaper:

That's it of course! Now you've pointed it out, I remember I've seen that edition often when browsing around online.

46housefulofpaper
Editat: juny 6, 2020, 2:36pm

Edward Gorey's Dracula: A Toy Theatre

I finally made this. I've found out some online sleuthing that it was originally published in 1979 as a spiral-bound book, and that edition now changes hands for well over £100.

This is the third edition which is published as loose cardboard sheets in a sort of oversized cigar box.

A synopsis of the Hamilton Deane/John L. Balderston play is included.

- Act one

- Act two

- Act three

47LolaWalser
juny 6, 2020, 2:35pm

Author! Author!

48alaudacorax
juny 7, 2020, 9:00am

Oh dear! As I scrolled down to that first image (I'm on a laptop), my first thought was, "He's flashing them!"

49frahealee
Editat: juny 7, 2020, 10:44am

I saw something similar in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus near the end. I wonder if Terry Gilliam was giving an artistic nod to Gorey? I don't recall these from my childhood. More puppets and portable cardboard box stages or paper dolls with folded dresses.

50housefulofpaper
juny 9, 2020, 7:33pm

>49 frahealee:

These toy theatres weren't a feature of my childhood either but I was aware of them as something (Middle class) Victorian children had. I probably saw examples on a school trip to Pollock's Toy Museum in London - indeed, a quick look on the internet confirms the museum is still there and the attached shop actually sells modern examples of toy theatres.

I haven't seen The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (yet, I have boxes of unwatched DVDs to match my piles of unread books!) but I imagine Terry Gilliam was more likely referencing the Victorian theatres directly - after all, in style and format they're quite close to the images he animated for Monty Python's Flying Circus.



More Dracula ephemera!

Richard Wells, the TV graphic designer who sells horror film-related prints (often in a 17th-century woodcut style (I think they're actually linocuts)) as a sideline, produced some prints of the portrait seen hanging on the walls of Lorimar Van Helsing and Johnny Alucard in Dracula A.D. 1972. I just propped it up on a bookshelf for this picture, but ideally I want to frame it and put it up on the wall. But should I redecorate so it has a suitable setting? And for inspiration, should I go to the academic's study or the vampire acolyte's groovy mews flat? :)

51LWMusic
juny 9, 2020, 8:16pm

or the vampire acolyte's groovy mews flat?

this this this

remember, you want Goth chicks to feel at home. :)

52frahealee
Editat: juny 10, 2020, 3:55pm

>50 housefulofpaper: The reason I said that was because Terry Gilliam is part of a biography called The Last Days of Edward Gorey (2021), alongside Danny Elfman and Neil Gaiman, etc. (per IMDb)

You're likely right with Terry born in 1940 in Minnesota and moving to California in 1952 then to England in the 60s. Gorey (1925-2000) would have been nearer the mark. Victorian fallout hit them both! Parnassus is one of my favourites with Christopher Plummer opposite Tom Waits, and Andrew Garfield smitten with the statuesque model Lily Cole. Verne Troyer had the best lines. Very classy of the power trio of Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp to step in after the shocking death of Heath Ledger. They did it for free, donating their fees to his daughter Matilda, I think. Still tough to watch, but the artistic fearlessness is so joyful that it lures me in everytime.

53pgmcc
juny 11, 2020, 4:32am

>48 alaudacorax: my first thought was, "He's flashing them!"

You reminded me of a quote I heard a long time ago.

"There is no such thing as a dirty book; it is just the way you read them."

:-)

54LolaWalser
juny 21, 2020, 10:40am

I hope you and yours are OK, Andrew.

55housefulofpaper
juny 21, 2020, 12:31pm

>54 LolaWalser:

Yes we're all safe, thank you for asking.

56LolaWalser
juny 21, 2020, 12:34pm

Good to know! So sorry about the misery...

57alaudacorax
juny 22, 2020, 6:00am

>54 LolaWalser:, >55 housefulofpaper:, >56 LolaWalser:

Reading, of course! Looking at those three posts I'd failed to make the connection and was puzzling over them. Such a hateful, pointless waste of lives ... well, if there are people behind Saadallah I suppose 'the point' would have been to stir up hatred between the races, but it's still a hateful waste of lives. I firmly believe that in the killing of innocents religion or politics is just a psychopath's excuse, whether the psychopath is the killer or the person(s) behind them---it takes something other than honestly-held beliefs to motivate you to kill innocent people.

58housefulofpaper
Editat: ag. 31, 2020, 1:59pm

The Limited Editions Club edition of Dracula, published in 1965. Printed letterpress, with illustrations by Felix Hoffmann. It's signed by Hoffmann. Here it is in its slip-case.



And out of its case. This copy still has its protective glassine cover, and it's in pretty good condition.



The cover has an image of Dracula, looking rather louche, behind a cross.



LEC books were issued with a monthly newsletter and it's always better - it makes for a more complete copy - if the newsletter has been retained. Here it is in this very nice copy. There's also a "coming next" announcement for the title, detached from, I guess, the previous month's communication from the Club. This is a very complete edition.



And here's the title page. The introducer, Anthony Boucher, had a career mid-20th Century as a writer editor and anthologist, covering science fiction, fantasy/horror and detection. Interesting in his introduction he states confidently that Stoker missed a trick in not realising his novel's potential as a dramatic property. Clearly the story of the performance (more of a reading) at the Lyceum in order to secure the copyright for a dramatic version, and Sir Henry Irving's dismissive attitude, wasn't at all well known even among the "experts".



Here's the opening of the first chapter.



One of the Illustrator, Felix Hoffmann's, black and white illustrations integrated with the text.




Hoffmann's illustration of "old" Dracula.



There are some full-page colour illustrations too, but Hoffmann uses a very limited palette.



Edited to add: corrected "carry" to "career" in the write-up about Anthony Boucher. Also gave him a touchstone. And took out the repetition of "dramatic version".

59pgmcc
ag. 31, 2020, 1:05pm

>58 housefulofpaper: Very nice. I think I have drool running down my chin.

60housefulofpaper
ag. 31, 2020, 2:26pm

>59 pgmcc:

I'm very pleased. Especially as it was a bit stressful getting hold of a copy. I ordered one back in May and waited and waited...it didn't turn up. Send an email via AbeBooks. No response. Sent another. Got a message telling me to try the vendor directly. Also saw on the website that I'd waited too long to automatically get a refund but would have to negotiate directly with the vendor. Sent an email. No response. Phoned them and got the beginnings of a story about the warehouse and a promise to get back to me (like they know there's an issue somewhere along the line). Got an email apologising but the book was no longer available. To be fair they refunded with no quibble (and an offer of 20% off the next order).

Rashly I went back to AbeBooks and some more editions were listed, so I bought one and thankfully it turned up in good time and in excellent condition.

61benbrainard8
ag. 31, 2020, 3:10pm

That's a beautiful book, indeed!

62LWMusic
ag. 31, 2020, 5:32pm

>60 housefulofpaper:

Ugh, so glad it all ended happily.

So how would you rank your Draculas, in terms of preference?

63housefulofpaper
ag. 31, 2020, 5:46pm

>62 LWMusic:

That wasn't the half of it. i had similar issues with an order from Oak Knoll Press as well! I will try to put up some pictures in the next day or so.

I really don't know how I'd rate them, especially because I'm still buzzing about the fact that the LEC actually turned up and is in such good condition. It might turn out to be the best one to read. It is letterpress, and a nice size (I didn't put the ruler by it when I photographed it; on the shelf it stands about as high as Richard Wells' Dracula portrait - just clearing the next shelf up.

64pgmcc
ag. 31, 2020, 6:16pm

>60 housefulofpaper:

That is a lovely outcome.

I have to admit that when I read your first sentence I was not sure whether you were pleased with having a lovely edition or with my having drool running down my chin. Having read your entire post I am now thinking it was both.

65housefulofpaper
ag. 31, 2020, 7:31pm

>64 pgmcc:
Well, yes. If you used drool tas a way to to say you were envious of my nice book, i admit to a little bit of pride.

However, if you were actually drooling, maybe because you've just undergone a dental procedure or something like that, then no of course not :)

66pgmcc
ag. 31, 2020, 9:32pm

>65 housefulofpaper:
:-)
Thankfully I meant the former; good old fashioned envy.