Draculawas Bram Stoker's fifth and by far his most famous novel. It was first published in the UK in May 1897 by Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster. The book itself is a 390 page hardcover with a yellow cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in red. About two months later Dracula was published by Hutchinson & Co., London, as a part of their Hutchinson's Colonial Library series for circulation in India and the British Colonies. This edition is a 390 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. Dracula was first published in the US in 1899 by Doubleday & McClure Co., New York. This edition is a 378 page hardcover with a beige cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in black, tan and gold.
First edition book cover
Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster, 1897
Dracula was republished in an abridged version in the UK in 1901 by Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster. The publishers wanted to release a cheaper, easier to read version that would appeal to a wider range of people. As a result, the text was revised and reduced by approximately fifteen percent by Stoker himself. The book itself is a 144 page paperback with a white cover stamped on the spine, front panel and rear panel in blue.
Serial publication - newspaper
This novel was published as a serial in at least two US newspapers. It appeared as a weekly serial in the Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina, with the first installment appearing on July 16, 1899 and the last on December 10, 1899. It also appeared as a daily serial in The Washington Times, Washington D.C., with the first installment appearing on September 13, 1917 and the last on January 21, 1918.
Serial publication - magazine
This novel was published as a serial in one UK magazine. It appeared as a monthly serial in nine issues of The Argosy: The World's Best Stories, Cassell & Co, London, with the first installment appearing in June 1926 and the last in February 1927.
"Jonathan Harker's Journal"
An excerpt from of Dracula was published in the UK under the name "Jonathan Harker's Journal." In 1903 the second half of "Chapter I - Jonathan Harker's Journal" appeared under that title in the "New Edition" of the book The Cabinet of Irish Literature Vol. IV, Gresham Publishing Company, London. The first edition of this series of books was published in 1884 by Blackie and Son, London. "Jonathan Harker's Journal" is not present in this earlier edition since Dracula was not published until 1897.
Short story publication
Over the years various excerpts from Dracula have been published as short stories. These include: "Three Young Ladies", "The Destruction of Castle Dracula!", "Jonathan Harker's Journal" and "The Way of the Vampire by Professor Abraham Van Helsing".
After the publication of Dracula, Stoker wrote a play based on the novel under the title Dracula or, the Un-Dead in a Prologue and Five Acts. Stoker also arranged to do a reading of the script at the Lyceum Theatre (London) in front of a small group of people to secure the copyright for the play. However, the play was never performed in front of an real audience.
This novel is available as a: "Jonathan Harker's Journal" is available as a: It can also be purchased online as a: Early publication notice
Pall Mall Gazette, London, June 10, 1897