It Was 110 Years Ago Today

Behold the ravages of age!Speaking of Bram Stoker, I learned here that today is the anniversary of the publication of Dracula, a mere 110 years ago. The Count, of course, hasn’t aged a bit. Dracula’s dust jacket, the only known extant example of which can be seen above, has aged quite a bit. Alas, such is the fate of poor-quality, pulpy paper. Rest assured, though, that our friends at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts have done everything in their powers to preserve it. For instance, they’ve constructed an exact size replica of the book from acid-free materials so the jacket will be able to continue its life’s work without harming itself or its charge, a beautiful first edition of the novel. (Congratulations to the happy anniversary couple, by the way.)

Moving on, I also learned from the same source that 207 years ago today, Napoleon was proclaimed Emporer of the French, a development which culminated in the legend of Napoleon snatching the crown from the hands of the Pope and placing it on his head by himself. This would have taken some serious, um, cajones, as they say, but apparently it never happened. At least not in the way it’s been told. Not that Napoleon ever lacked for self-confidence or boldness. Anyway, long story short, the Emperor’s penis has thrust Dr. R. into the news again.

Pascoe’s essay on collecting relics mentions the post-Waterloo English tour of Napoleon’s belongings. Here’s George Cruikshank’s take on the scene of their London appearance:

I went down to the dilly to check out the scene... Should the infamous “mummified tendon” (as the Rosenbach Company described it in its catalog of Napoleon relics) make its way back onto the market, I don’t believe the Rosebach has any plans to reattach itself to our founder’s erstwhile property.

* * * * *We of course extend our sympathies to the family of Dr. John K. Lattimer, a fascinating man who accomplished a great deal and led a very interesting life along the way.
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Images above:
Bram Stoker (1847‑1912). Dracula [dust jacket].
Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897.
Gift of H.B. Collamore, 1985
EL3 .S874d 897 copy 1

George Cruikshank (1792-1878). A Scene at the London Museum Piccadilly, or A peep at the Spoils of Ambition taken at the battle of Waterloo, being a new Tax on John Bull for 1816 &c &c
Hand-colored etching on wove paper.
London: Harlow, McDonald, & Co., [1816?]

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