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Titre : THE MYSTERY OF THE SEA: A NOVEL .
Éditeur : Doubleday, Page & Co., New York
Date d'édition : 1902
Reliure : Hardcover
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii [viii] [1-2] 3-498 [499-500: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original decorated olive green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and black, rear panel stamped in black. First edition, first printing. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Stoker to John William Griggs (1949-1927), a prominent American lawyer and statesman, a week prior to the publication date (29 March 1902) on front free endpaper: "John W. Griggs / late U.S. Attorney General / from Bram Stoker / 22-3-02." The Doubleday, Page edition preceded the British Heinemann edition by several months. Ingenious romantic adventure novel "set in Cruden Bay, involving a gun battle at sea, a castle with secret passages, and coded writing based on a cipher described by Francis Bacon." - Dalby, p. 38. "I found the story admirable. It has not the fearsomeness of 'DRACULA' but it is beautifully handled and the girl very admirable indeed . I've done a bit in cryptograms myself, but that knocks me out!" - Arthur Conan Doyle. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1547. Bleiler (1978), p. 187. Reginald 13732. Dalby 13a. Spine panel lightly sunned (as is usually the case), tiny faint stain on rear cover, else a bright, nearly fine copy. (#149441). N° de réf. du libraire 149441
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