New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1902. Near fine. Hardcover. Item #21197
8vo. (2),ix,(1),378pp. Second American edition, first state with green ribbed cloth. Cloth blocked in dark green design with white titles on the spine and upper board, and with an illustration of Dracula, whip in hand, with a bat and a wolf pasted onto the upper board.
This cover illustration has been found to be particularly intriguing to collectors; it is unique to this edition. The previous edition depicted Dracula climbing headfirst down a castle wall; later editions showed the Count as a debonair nobleman. But this illustration combines the images from the story of Dracula as a shaggy coachman, a bat and a wolf. One wonders if Stoker himself approved this depiction of his subject.
The publisher's issue in green ribbed cloth is considered the first and scarcer state as the green cloth was soon replaced with red cloth.
This copy has a couple of light spots on the lower board and one on the upper edge. There are minor traces of wear to the white titles, the spine tips and the paste-on, but this is a very good copy.