A little marginal toning, mild spotting; cloth spine slightly creased and dulled, small split at head of spine of lower board.
Stoker (Bram) The Snake’s Pass
London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1891 [but 1890].
First edition. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original red cloth stamped in gilt and bordered in blind.
A rare beast, Stoker’s first novel, published on the 18th of November 1890, with the title post-dated 1891. Preceding Stoker’s most famous work Dracula by 6-7 years, this adventure novel concerning the discovery of lost treasure and the crown of the legendary king of the snakes is set in Western Ireland, and contains some interesting subtle gothic notes foreshadowing the author’s later works.
Inscribed on the half-title, ‘G. Biggs from Bram Stoker 20.11.90’, under which someone, probably G.Biggs, has helpfully also noted in pencil, ‘2 days after publication’.