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The Jewel of Seven Stars

was Bram Stoker's eighth novel. This novel, along with The Lair of The White Worm, is one of his most famous after Dracula. The novel is a horror story about attempt to resurrect an Egyptian queen. It was first published in the UK in 1903 by William Heinemann, London. The book itself is a 337 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in blind, back and gold. In the same year, this book was also published by Heinemann as a part of their Heinemann's Colonial Library series (No. 276). This edition is a hardcover with a decorated cloth cover [1]. The Jewel of Seven Stars was first published in the US in 1904 by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London. This edition is a 311 page hardcover with a dark blue cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in light green and silver. In the same year it was also published in the US by W. R. Caldwell & Co, New York, as a part of The International Adventure Library (Three Owls Edition) series. This edition is a 310 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in blind, black and gold.

First edition book cover


The Jewel of Seven Stars UK Book Cover

William Heinemann, London, 1903

Other first edition covers

Abridged edition


The Jewel of Seven Stars was republished in an abridged version in the UK in 1912 by William Rider & Son, London. The publishers felt that the original ending of the book was too disturbing and asked Stoker to rewrite it. As a result, Chapter XVI "Powers - Old and New" was removed and the book was given a happier ending. The book itself is a 307 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in blind and gold. Although the abridged version was never published in the US, it was reprinted several times in the UK. The original version of this novel was not available in the UK until it was republished in 1996 by Sutton Publishing, Stroud.

"The Bridal of Death"


"Powers - Old and New" the last chapter of The Jewel of Seven Stars was published as an excerpt under the name "The Bridal of Death." In 1990 it appeared in the short story collection Midnight Tales, Peter Owen Publishers, London.

Availability


The 1903 version of this novel is available as a:
  • Free text download
  • Free PDF download
  • Free PDF download (US hardcover edition) *
  • The 1912 version of this novel is available as a:
  • Free text download
  • Free PDF download
  • Free audio download from the Internet Archives
  • It can also be purchased online as a:
  • Hardcover The Collected Fiction of Bram Stoker: 3
  • Hardcover The Jewel of Seven Stars
  • Paperback The Jewel of Seven Stars (Penguin Classics)
  • * This PDF is very large since it was made with high quality color scans.

    Early publication notice


    The Jewel of Seven Stars Publication Notice

    M. A. P. (Mainly About People), London, December 19, 1903
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    The Jewel of Seven Stars Publication Notice

    Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, March 14, 1904
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    References


    [1] Dalby, Richard and William Hughes. Bram Stoker: A bibliography, Essex: Desert Island Books, 2004, p63.

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