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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.

Exhibition For Dublin: One City, One Book

The Day of the Rabblement

2012 sees a special anniversary for Trinity College Dublin, with the celebration of 300 years since the laying of the Old Library’s foundation stone. The tercentenary celebrations include an exhibition in the Long Room which is part of the ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ event. One City, One Book encourages everyone each year to read the same book during the month of April and this year Dubliners was chosen. The focus of this display is the life and works of Joyce and highlights places and events associated with the 1914 publication. The exhibition of 13 items includes an early printing of Ulysses signed by Joyce and a contemporary map of the city to help visitors plot the various locations referred to in the text. The exhibition runs for the month of April.

Preorder New Book: The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin, 1712-2012

The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin, 1712-2012 edited by W. E. Vaughan FTCD

You are invited to subscribe for a copy of this lavishly illustrated volume, which is being  published to celebrate the tercentenary of the laying of the foundation stone of the world-famous Old Library in May 1712. This stately building houses collections of international importance which are still being added to by gift and purchase.

Almost 40 contributors will explore some of the features of this remarkable building and its contents.

The names of subscribers will be printed in the volume, which will be available from October 2012.

The volume will contain 360 pages, printed on acid-free paper and bound in cloth. The price to subscribers will be €40 and to non-subscribers €50. Order online at the Library Shop now!