Vathek, An Arabian Tale

An unusual pocket edition with five coloured plates


William Beckford, illustrated by W B Handforth


George Routledge & Sons, London, 1912
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Printing Details

Undated but 1912 as per COPAC. New edition with notes, critical and explanatory, small hardback bound in the original paper covered boards and with tipped in colour plate to upper board. 14 × 9.5cm, xxix + 179pp, illustrated with 5 colour plates and a coloured title page.

Beckford's bizarre Gothic novel of 1786, perverse and grotesque comedy alternates with scenes of 'oriental' magnificence and evocative beauty in the story of the ruthless Caliph Vathek's journey to superb damnation among the subterranean treasures of Eblis. Underlying the elegant prose is a strong element of self-indulgent personal fantasy on the part of Beckford, youthful millionaire, dreamer, and eventually social outcast.


A good copy but the boards are rubbed and scuffed, and the title page is foxed. The main body of text is in good order and all plates are present.

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