Castle of Otranto 1801 Gothic Horror Horace Walpole 1st American rare bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
[Gothic horror & supernatural novels, Canterbury Tales, Horace Walpole, Rare American Editions].
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The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole; Lothaire, by Harriet Lee.
Published 1801, New York by Shakespeare-Gallery.
216 pages. Retains printed half-title, plus three separate title pages.
What appears to be the First American printing of this classic and influential early Gothic horror novel that involves sorcery and supernatural events.
Found here unsophisticated, in the original period binding, retaining the half title.
Period full mottled calf leather binding, raised and gilt bands. Overall sound and tight, text block paper uniformly age toned, one leaf with short edge tear closed with archival tissue (removable), with front free endpaper, lacks blank end paper.
The wear and mostly very minor age flaws are easy to overlook or forgive.
Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto is universally acknowledged as the first Gothic Horror novel. Bound with Harriett Lee's translations of "Montford" & "Lothaire", both from the Canterbury Tales.
A rare book, little known and documented, enormously elusive.
Book measures: 6 1/2" H X 4 1/4" W.