Scarce reprint edition of Summers' great work on the Vampire and the Vampire's many wicked friends and relations.
Near fine in very good jacket.
THE VAMPIRE: His Kith and Kin
"In Bulgaria, it is thought that the Vampire who returns from the tomb has only one nostril; and in certain districts of Poland he is supposed to have a sharp point at the end of his tongue, like the sting of a bee."
1960 edition of Summers' seminal work on vampire lore, with an illuminating essay by Felix Morrow attempting to situate Summers in some kind of historical and biographical context, despite the "great mystification" of the author's personal beliefs in the occult and his purported ordination as a Roman Catholic priest: "Just what will you make of the author's earnest advice...? Is he pulling your leg or does he really believe it?" Despite certain idiosyncratic obsessions, eccentricities, and personal prejudices, Summers produced work after essential work on witchcraft, demonology, vampires, werewolves, and (not least) the literature of the supernatural and the Gothic. THE VAMPIRE is scrupulously cited and indexed, written with unsparing contempt for Summers' "unscholarly and slovenly" predecessors and their contemptible blunders, and despite its own issues—Robert Hume's assessment of the GOTHIC BIBLIOGRAPHY as "flawed but useful" may be fairly applied to all his works—THE VAMPIRE remains an invaluable resource and compendium of cross-cultural legend, literature, and history.
Read more: Hume, "The Uses of Montague Summers: A Pioneer Reconsidered".
New Hyde Park, NY: University Books, (1960). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original red cloth, with gilt-lettered black spine label. Dark grey topstain. In original black and red dust jacket. Grass-green endpapers. Seven black and white plates. 356 pages followed by publisher's advertisements for titles from the "Library of the Mystic Arts." Previous owner's name in pen to front free endpaper. Minor wear to boards. Jacket edges moderately worn, with a few small closed tears.
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