The Castle of Otranto, a Story. Translated by William Marshal, Gent. From the Original Italian of Onuphirio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. Nicholas at Otranto.
FIRST EDITION, title slightly spotted and soiled,pp. [viii], 200, 8vo near-contemporary half calf, red morocco label, upper joint cracked, preserved in a folding half brown morocco box, engraved armorial bookplate inside front cover of Scrope Berdmore, warden of Merton College, dated 1790 (roughly the date of the binding), engraved armorial bookplate inside rear cover of Henry Combe Compton, good
In this copy of the prototype of the Gothic novel (indeed the the title-page to the second edition introduced the term ‘gothic’ to the language in its 18th century literary sense - see OED), Walpole is identified on the title-page as the author in a contemporary hand: his identity was not long a secret however. 500 copies were published on Christmas Eve, 1764.
Author [Walpole (Horace)]