[VATHEK.] AN ARABIAN TALE, FROM AN UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT: WITH NOTES CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY. London: Printed for J. Johnson..., 1786. Octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv [v-vi] vii [viii]  2-334, full tan calf of the first half of the twentieth century, front and rear panels framed in gilt triple fillets, edges blinds-stamped with dots, turn-ins with wide gilt roll, spine panel with gilt-ruled raised bands, and gilt-tooled compartment decorations, gilt-stamped red morocco title, author, and date labels, all edges gilt. First edition. The ordinary paper issue with page 48 misnumbered 84; leaf A3 (fly-title) and [A4] (errata leaf) are present; [Y8] (final black) not present. "VATHEK is undoubtedly the finest European imitation of the ARABIAN NIGHTS. No one else has been able to create the bizarre detail, the curious blend of the ludicrous and the horrible, the tongue-in-cheek wryness of VATHEK. It is still very much worth reading." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 26-7. "A work of great beauty, ingenuity, and imaginative perception, Beckford's VATHEK is a milestone of Romantic art and a tower to be climbed by all who wish to discover the outer limits of fantasy." - Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 2023-28. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, pp. 29-30. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-8. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-6. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 119. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 139-44. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 3. Summers, A Gothic Bibliography, p. 543. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-25. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 18. Reginald 01022. Block, p. 18. ESTC T62055; NCBEL, II, 973. Small leather bookplate of Edward Percy Rich affixed to front paste-down. As often, this copy lacks the final blank leaf Y8. Small scuffs to calf refurbished, upper corner tips gently bumped. Eleven leaves a bit age-toned, scattered spots of foxing elsewhere, pages overall clean and pleasing. A handsome copy in an excellent binding that surprisingly is unsigned. In custom velvet lined clamshell box. (#158280).
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