Item #68827 Vampire; or the Bride of the Isles. James Robinson PLANCHÉ.
Vampire; or the Bride of the Isles.
Vampire; or the Bride of the Isles.
Vampire; or the Bride of the Isles.

First Edition of Planche's "The Vampire"

Vampire; or the Bride of the Isles. A Romantic Melo-drama, in Two Acts: Preceded by an Introductory Vision. As Performed at the Theatre Royal English Opera House, August 9th, 1820.

London: Printed for John Lowndes, 1820.

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PLANCHÉ, J.[ames] R.[obinson]. The Vampire; or the Bride of the Isles. A Romantic Melo-drama, in Two Acts: Preceded by an Introductory Vision. As Performed at the Theatre Royal English Opera House, August 9th, 1820. [London]: Printed for John Lowndes, 1820.

First edition. Small quarto (8 1/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 206 x 125 mm). [1]-36 pp.

Newer quarter red calf over marbled boards. Spine lettered in gilt. Newer endpapers. Title-page with a paper repair to top outer corner, just barely touching the ";" but not affect any text. Previous owner's small old ink signature at top of title-page. Some minor toning, mainly to title-page and final leaf. Overall a very good copy.

This dramatic work is the first edition of Planche's adaptation of Charles Nodier's "Le Vampire" which was also published in 1820. That version was a dramatization of John Polidori's novel "The Vampyre" which was inspired by Loed Byron's unfinished vampire tale.

"Planché's earliest writing, however, was largely produced for London's minor theatres, and was generally unremarkable. The exception to this pattern was The Vampire, or, The Bride of the Isles, a 'Romantic Melodrama' skilfully adapted from a French original. It created an immediate stir at the Lyceum in August 1820, not least because of the production's use of the innovatory ‘Vampire trap’, and was promptly seized on by other theatre managers in the provinces and across the Atlantic." (Oxford DNB).

HBS 68827.

$2,500.

Price: $2,500.00

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