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WALPOLE, Horace, 4th Earl of Orford (1717--1797)
The Castle of Otranto, a story. Translated by William Marshal, Gent. from the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, ... The fifth edition.
London: printed for J. Dodsley, 1786.
xxiv, 200 p.; 18.2 cm. (8º)

This is the first true 'Gothic' novel, first published anonymously in 1765 [i.e. 24 December 1764] with an elaborate preface describing the fictional author in order to conceal the identity of the true author, Horace Walpole. Its reception was so favourable that Walpole revealed his authorship when the second edition was published six months later, and it has remained in print until the present day. Onuphrio Muralto is a pseudonym for Horace Walpole; 'William Marshal, Gent.' is fictitious. Includes the prefaces to both the first and second editions. On page xii of the introductory matter is a 'Sonnet to the Right Honourable Lady Mary Coke', signed 'H. W.' ESTC t63200; Hazen, p. 56.

Copy Notes Bookseller's ciphers on front free-endpaper. Scrap of printed paper used as marker inserted at p. 129.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine with floral and bird designs, red morocco spine-label, yellow edges.

Reference Number 474


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