London: Printed for William Bathoe, 1766.
Third edition. 8vo. xxiv, 200p. Rebound in quarter calf with marbled paper sides, the spine in six panels with gilt title on a maroon label, dotted rules on the bands. Just a few smudges to the text, else quite clean. A very nice copy. Item #21489
"[Walpole] was a devotee of the Renaissance and medievalism and it was through this that he inspired a revival in gothic architecture and instigated the gothic novel. His novel The Castle of Otranto began a whole new movement in literature and captured and redirected the public taste. While it would be excessive to state that Walpole's novel was the sole perpetrator of the revolution, since there had been a rekindling of interest in historical fiction after decades of fascination for the oriental tale, Walpole's fiction rapidly became the figurehead of the movement and has remained so to this day." (St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, p. 616).
"Its influence on Poe is manifest, and it has survived in such novels and Bram Stoker's Dracula and in modern mystery stories and horror films." (PMM, 2nd ed., p. 126).
Hazen, p. 55; Printing and the Mind of Man, no. 211.