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The Shoulder of Shasta

is a novel by Bram Stoker's. The novel is a romance about a young woman from San Fransisco that travels to the mountains of northern California and falls in love with a local mountaineer. It was first published in the UK in by Archibald Constable and Co., Westminster. According to a notice placed in the "Yesterday's New Books" column of the October 4, 1895 issue of The Standard, London, it was published on October 3, 1895. The book itself is a 235 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. It was first published outside the UK in 1895 by Macmillan and Co., London and New York, as a part of their Macmillan's Colonial Library series (No. 230). This edition is a 235 page (plus 8 pages of advertisements) hardcover with a dark green cloth cover stamped on the spine in gold.

A. Constable and Co. (publisher)

First edition book cover

The Shoulder of Shasta UK Book Cover

Archibald Constable, Westminster, 1895

Other first edition covers

How it was written

Prior its publication, a short piece on The Shoulder of Shasta appeared in the December 23, 1894 issue of The Inter Ocean, Chicago. According to this article, "Mr. Stoker is also engaged on an Indian story, which must have been suggested by his friendship for Thomas Donaldson, of Philadelphia, the Indian expert of the eleventh census. Certainly reports from every know tribe of the North American Indians, illustrated by 2,000 photographs, would be of value to guide a writer of fiction, no matter how gifted."

New Cheaper Edition

According to an add placed in the June 15, 1898 issue of The Guardian, London, Archibald Constable & Co. released a cheaper edition of this novel in that year. This cheaper edition was sold for two shillings (2s) and sixpence (6d), which was one shilling cheaper than the first edition.


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    Early publication notice

    The Shoulder of Shasta Publication Notice

    Pall Mall Gazette, London, October 23, 1895
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