Thursday, August 14, 2008

Two Recent Purchases

One of the greatest boons for vampire research is eBay.

Items of interest are generally available for low prices - barring currency exchange rates and shipping costs.

Here are a couple of recent items I managed to score:

Clive Leatherdale's Dracula: The Novel & the Legend: A Study of Bram Stoker's Gothic Masterpiece (The Leisure Circle, 1985) arrived on August 5th.

I'm not big on Dracula scholarship, but Leatherdale has some interesting things to say on the development of the Vampire Myth.

Jan L. Perkowski's Vampires of the Slavs (Cambridge, Mass.: Slavica Publishers, Inc., 1976) arrived today.

This is the paperback version. I've previously borrowed a hardback copy - but, in hindsight, that may have been a library hardback edition.

Certainly one of the most influential vampire anthologies, it's also not cheap to come by: some copies can sell up to $295 onwards. I was lucky enough to win this one for significantly less.


Taliesin_ttlg said...

I love Dracula: The Novel & the Legend: A Study of Bram Stoker's Gothic Masterpiece - an excellent purchase sir

Amateur Vampirologist said...

Why thank you.

You might be interested to know that there are actually three editions of the book.

The first was published in 1985 (Aquarian Press), the second in 1993 (Desert Island Books) and the third in 2001 (Desert Island Books).

Taliesin_ttlg said...

My edition is a specially produced one for The Leisure Circle Limited by Thorsons Publishing Group Ltd also 1985.

I also have, as a companion volume, Leatherdale's Origins of Dracula - which is mainly extracts from sources Stoker used.

Amateur Vampirologist said...

As it happens, we both have copies of the same edition!

The first edition was published as a paperback, by Aquarian Press.

The edition we have, however, is a first edition hardback.

Now, I'm going to take a punt and guess that your copy of The Origins of Dracula: The Background to Bram Stoker’s Gothic Masterpiece is the first edition (London: William Kimber, 1987).

If that's the case, then you might be interested to know that there is a second edition (Westcliff-on-Sea: Desert Island Books, 1995) available, too.

Taliesin_ttlg said...

yup William Kimber, 1987.

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