STOKER, Bram. The Lair of the White Worm. London: William Rider & Sons Ltd, 1911.
8vo. Sometime finely bound in red morocco with gilt borders, five raised bands and gilt title/devices to spine, original red cloth cover and spine bound in at rear; pp viii, 324, [4, ads], 16 (ads); a near-fine copy with some toning to title and half-title, but otherwise a superior example in a handsome binding with the original covers bound in.
First edition, first printing of this novel by master of horror and author of Dracula Bram Stoker.
This book, which revolves around a hideous white worm that can transform itself into a woman, is accompanied by 6 suitably dramatic illustrations by Pamela Coleman-Smith, most famous for her contributions to the Rider-Waite tarot deck of divinatory tarot cards. The 1911 edition of Lair of the White Worm was later superseded by a 1925 abridged version which slashed the number of chapters and received critical feedback, making this the more desirable (and complete) edition.