Book Description

Translated from the Original French. Third Edition, revised and corrected, 1816. Beckford’s Vathek (alternatively titled Vathek, an Arabian Tale or The History of the Caliph Vathek) combines Oriental exoticism with Gothic elements, 286 pp, including Notes (p229 – 284) and publishers catalogue (p 285 – 286). Errata slip between pp 284 and 285. Provenance: Chatsworth House - a Sotheby's 'Attic Sale, 5-7 October 2010' label inside front cover, also a Bookcase label, depicting the Cavendish crest: a serpent nowed (i.e. coiled) surmounted by a Duke’s coronet, indicating where this book was kept in the House
Dealer Notes
Vathek (alternatively titled Vathek, an Arabian Tale or The History of the Caliph Vathek) is a Gothic novel written by William Beckford. It was composed in French beginning in 1782, and then translated into English by Reverend Samuel Henley[1] in which form it was first published in 1786 without Beckford's name as An Arabian Tale, From an Unpublished Manuscript, claiming to be translated directly from Arabic. The first French edition, titled simply as Vathek, was published in December 1786 (postdated 1787).[2] In the twentieth century some editions include The Episodes of Vathek (Vathek et ses épisodes), three related tales intended by Beckford to be so incorporated, but omitted from the original edition and published separately long after his death. (Wikipedia)
Author William Beckford
Date 1816
Binding Original publisher's drab brown paper boards, with paper lettering-piece.
Publisher Printed for W Clarke, New Bond Street, London
Condition Uncut. Wear to binding; front board splitting along spine with loss of paper at top end of spine; lettering piece torn and worn; a little foxing throughout; a small ink blot on front board.

Price: £1500.00

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