New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. First Edition. Sharp copy of Rice's first novel, in which Louis, the protagonist, "dictates his life story into a tape recorder manned by a young man and would-be acolyte. Turned into a vampire in the 1790s by Lestat, a master vampire, Louis chronicles his early life as a Louisiana plantation owner, his early experiences with Lestat and their acquisition of Claudia, who, having been vampirized as a five year old, harbors in a child's body the intelligence and lusts of a grown woman coupled with the amorality of a vampire" (Barron, Horror Literature 4-250). Basis for Neil Jordan's Oscar-nominated film adaptation (1994), and easily one of the handful of defining works of horror produced in the last 50 years. Item #4356
First Printing. Octavo (21.75cm); charcoal gray paper-covered boards and black cloth backstrip, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; red topstain; dustjacket; [viii],372,pp. A fresh, Fine copy, with the topstain bright and unfaded. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $8.95), essentially Fine, but for a few trivial irregularities to the gold on the upper front panel.