SUMMERS, Montague. The Vampire in Europe. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd, London 1929.
Large 8vo. Original red cloth, title gilt to spine, with dust wrapper printed in red and black; pp. xii, 330; a little foxing, dust wrapper showing some wear with spine faded, minor ink inscription to front free endpaper.
First edition. A notorious eccentric, fake Catholic priest and avid believer in all things occult, Montague Summers is known for his books detailing the insidious otherworldly forces he believed were abroad and at large in the world. The Vampire in Europe is one of his best known and strangest contributions to the field, drawing on centuries of cross-referenced scholarship, anecdotal legends, and choice interpretations to paint a ghastly image of blood-drinking undead monsters rampaging across the continent from Ancient Greece to the present day. His work is particularly interesting for how it compares the staggered meanings of 'vampire' across Europe, from the strigoi of Romania to the vrukolakos of modern Greece. Illustrated with 8 black and white plates depicting vampiric shenanigans through the ages. Summers' works on the occult are important contributions to his field, and are useful reference texts, rarely appearing for sale in the dust wrapper.