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]  2-94 [95-96: blank], full diced calf, all panels 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). Title page dusty, lacks lower blank portion of last leaf of text which has been repaired with a cut in. This copy, lacking [A]1 and N4 (the half title leaf and the final blank) is bound with four contemporary works: RETRIBUTION; OR, THE CHIEFTAIN'S DAUGHTER. A TRAGEDY, IN FIVE ACTS. By John Dillion (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818); GUY MANNERING; OR, THE GIPSEY'S PROPHECY: A MUSICAL PLAY, IN THREE ACTS, by Daniel Terry ... Third Edition (London: John Miller, 1817, and THE SLAVE by Thomas Morton and THE APOSTATE by Richard Sheil, the last two both lacking their title pages. Armorial bookplate of Henry Thomas Windsor and later bookplate of Stephen Clarke on front paste-down. Leather rubbed at edges and along outer joints, still a tight, sound binding. (#147929).
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