London: G. Purkess, Compton Street, Soho; And All Booksellers, No Date . First Edition with these Illustrations. Title from illustrated title page. An additional printed title reads "The Monk, by M.G. Lewis, Esq. ... Beautifully illustrated. Octavo, bound in contemporary half-calf over marbled paper boards, the spine with raised bands and elaborately decorated in the compartments, contrasting leather title label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers and page edges, all edges trimmed. 281 pp., illustrated title page plus numerous sensational wood-engravings throughout the text. Bound from 36 penny numbers, but issued as such with the extra printed title leaf. This copy belonged to Franz Pollack-Parnau (1903-2003), with his printed booklabel on the inner front cover. Pollack-Parnau was a scion of a Moravian family that had amassed a fortune in the textile industry. His library in the family palace at Vienna's Schwarzenbergplatz is legendary. Light rubbing & scratches to marbled paper covers, the leather is firm and the hinges are tight and holding well, a few minor interior marks but overall a beautiful copy. Item #312011
¶ A major Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, first published in 1796, concerning the corruption and downfall of the monk Ambrosio. It is one of the most important Gothic novels of its time. This beautiful edition was issued as a popular 'Penny Dreadful' in 36 penny numbers. There is another issue which lists the publisher as "J. and H. Purkess, 60 Dean Street, Soho" on the extra inserted title page; that issue is later, as Joseph & Henry Purkess, successor to George Purkess the Elder, were active at 60 Dean Street from 1863 to 1875. (Cf. Philip A.H. Brown, London publishers and printers, c. 1800-1870, p. 153). See Summers, A GOTHIC BIBLIOGRAPHY, p. 421.