Two Bram Stoker First Editions with Postcard from Florence Stoker. Two books: Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories. (London, Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1914), first edition, 200 pages, red cloth with gilt lettering on spine and decorative blind stamping on the front cover, 12mo (5" x 7.25"), dust jacket. Handwritten postcard, presumably by Francis Stoker, laid in. The postcard reads in part, "...perhaps you haven't heard that Bram has been ill & a semi-invalid ever since March last - he is a little better, but unable to do any work yet. Very sincerely F.A.L. Bram Stoker." It is addressed from 4 Durham Place, where the Stokers lived for many years while in London, to Douglas Sladen, a travel writer, editor and author who collected correspondence from the famous literary and political personalities of the day. The titular story of this collection was originally the first chapter of Stoker's Dracula, but was excised by the publisher to tighten up the narrative. Volume is good, with slight corner and edge wear and two noticeable bumps to the spine. Small rectangular section clipped from the top of the front free endpaper. Dust jacket is fair, with noticeable edge wear, some chipping and a tear (3") at front joint. Rare with dust jacket, and scarce in any condition.
    The Lair of the White Worm. (London: Rider and Son, Ltd., 1911), first edition, 324 pages plus publisher's catalog at back, red cloth binding with gilt lettering on spine and front board, 12mo (5" x 7.5"), no dust jacket. Illustrated with six color plates, including frontispiece, by Pamela Colman Smith. Lair of the White Worm is a classic horror novel, allegedly written during a period when Stoker was addicted to laudanum. This copy is about very good, with minor edge wear and some foxing to the edges, affecting the top of the title page. Overall, an attractive copy of Stoker'slast novel.

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