The value of first editions is not something people find difficult to understand. They tend to be expensive because only a small number of copies had been printed and their future success could not be entirely predicted.
Occasionally, though, some books acquire such legendary status and fame that all of their early editions quickly become collectible, and among these there might be some editions that are particularly rare, almost unheard of and printed in batches.
This is the case of our recently acquired first Grosset & Dunlap edition of Dracula, bound in the brightest red cloth with black lettering.
Released before the well known photoplay editions, which came with a dust jacket, and was a tie-in format which was meant to co-advertise Bela Lugosi’s performance, this seems to belong to the very first batch ever printed by the famous publisher, recognisable by the differences in the binding and the absence of illustrations.