The Castle of Otranto
London: Houghton Mifflin Company and Constable and Company, 1925. Large octavo. Gilt decorated grey boards, moderate fading on the spine and the top of the front board, deckled edges. 306 pages. Discarded from the Monterrey Free Library, minimal vintage library markings. One of 220 copies printed at the Chiswick Press for import into the United States. Ex-library, very good.
Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother. Edited with an introduction and notes by Montague Summers and embellished with coloured engravings. A beautifully designed and expertly printed copy of the first gothic novel (first published in 1764) and a major influence on the surrealists.
"Frederic’s blood froze in his veins. For some minutes he remained motionless. Then falling prostrate on his face before the altar, he besought the intercession of every saint for pardon. A flood of tears succeeded to this transport; and the image of the beauteous Matilda rushing in spite of him on his thoughts, he lay on the ground in a conflict of penitence and passion."