BERTRAM; OR, THE CASTLE OF ST. ALDOBRAND; A TRAGEDY, IN FIVE ACTS. London: Printed for John Murray, Albemarle-Street, 1816. Octavo, collates [A]4 B-I4 K-N4: 52 leaves; pp. [1-8] [1] 2-94 [95-96: blank], three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine panel richly tooled in gold, brown leather title label affixed to spine panel. First edition. The author's first play. "A popular and frequently revived Gothic drama, BERTRAM was first given at Drury Lane on May 9, 1816, with the renowned Edmund Kean as Bertram. Justly praised by Scott and Byron, Maturin's play consolidated Byronic hero and Gothic villain into a single character. Among the Gothic dramas of the period, many of them mediocre, BERTRAM deserves to remain the preeminent Gothic stage spectacle." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-242. "A Gothic drama that achieved a great flurry of popular acclaim on the London stage ... further forays on the boards were failures." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 161. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-63. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 350. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 286. Summers, A Gothic Bibliography, p. 246. Allibone II, p. 1246. NCBEL III 746. Sadleir 1663 (lacking half title and final blank). Wolff 4647 (erroneous collation; apparently lacking final blank). This copy, lacking [A]1 and N4 (the half title leaf and the final blank) is bound with three contemporary works: REMORSE: A TRAGEDY, IN FIVE ACTS, by S. T. Coleridge, second edition (London: Printed for W. Pople, 1813); THE FUGITIVE; A COMEDY ... by Joseph Richardson, third edition (London: Printed for J. Debrett, 1792); and THE PURSUITS OF LITERATURE: A SATIRICAL POEM IN DIALOGUE WITH NOTES ... PART THE FOURTH AND LAST, by Thomas James Mathias, here published anonymously, first edition (London: Printed for T. Becket, 1797). The books by Richards and Mathias retain their half title leaves. All titles have untrimmed fore and bottom edges. Leather rubbed at edges and along outer joints, still a tight, sound binding. (#109616).

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