Image of the first edition of Dracula, 1897
The first edition of Dracula, 1897

Yesterday’s Irish Times contains an interesting supplement about Bram Stoker, who died 100 years ago tomorrow. Bram Stoker was born in Clontarf, Dublin, in 1847, and attended TCD between 1864 and 1870. He is, of course, best known for his novel Dracula, first published in June 1897.

The Department of Early Printed Books has a copy of this first edition (Press F.7. 195), and also a first edition of Dracula’s guest (Press F. 7. 193), which along with other tales, contains an episode from Dracula not included in the novel. Dracula’s guest was first published in 1914, going through three impressions that year, and a further ten in the following two decades. A special souvenir edition was published in 1927.

Image of the souvenir edition of Dracula's guest, 1927
The souvenir edition of Dracula's guest, 1927

This edition was limited to 1000 numbered copies; our copy is number 181 (Press F. 7.191 no.1). TCD library also holds the first Irish edition of Dracula, published Dublin, 1933, and translated into Irish by Seán Ó Cuirrín.

So, do the library stacks harbour any other vampiric treasures? The vampire genre is now so wide-ranging that it would be impossible to give a flavour of it here, but for starters how about John William Polidori’s The vampyre, London, 1819, or Henry Liddell’s The vampire bride, published in Edinburgh in 1833. We also have some very fetching illustrations of bats, from John Gould’s Mammals of Australia, of which more at a later date.

A trans‐disciplinary conference
on the occasion of the Bram Stoker Centenary takes place in Trinity on 20 April 2012. Click here for the programme of events. All welcome.