THE VAMPIRE; or, The Bride of the Isles. A Romantic Melo-Drama in Two Acts, Preceded by an Introductory Vision.

Baltimore: J. Robinson, 1830. Wraps. An early American edition, presumably issued in conjunction with the 1830 stage production in Baltimore.

The first appearance of the vampire as an image of sophistication and nobility, this play is an adaptation of the French drama by Charles Nodier, itself an adaptation of the popular 1819 short story by Dr. Polidori, Lord Byron’s traveling doctor. It is said that the character of the protagonist vampire, Lord Ruthven, was based on the wild lifestyle of Lord Byron and the character from the original book was used in adaptations by a number of authors at the time.

16mo: 41, [1] p. Previously stitched, this copy has been reinforced with a thin tan cloth spine. Some general toning, with a bit of staining and edgewear. Two short tears to the front panel have been neatly mended on the verso with silk tape.

Scarce, OCLC locates only five holdings of this edition: The Huntington, Connecticut, Harvard, Princeton, and the American Antiquarian Society. Item #76706

Price: $450.00

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