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BECKFORD, WilliamTHE HISTORY OF THE CALIPH VATHEK / Also / RASSELAS. PRINCE OF ABYSSINIA by Samuel Johnson With Preface and Plates, Critical and Explanatory London J. C. Nimmo and Bain 1883 Hardcover 2 Volumes in 1 as issued.1000 copies of this edition issued. 8vo. in 3/4 brown morocco with marbled boards with 5 raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Top edge gilt. With engraved frontis portrait of William Beckford (1760-1844) and four additional engraved illustrations. Light to moderate foxing throughout. Vathek, originally written in French in 1786, is one of the earliest examples of the Gothic novel, which the fabulously wealthy Beckford claimed to have written in under three days at the age of 26. This title is also admired among many writers in the fantasy genra. Price: