Looking for an obscure book? Perhaps you’re teaching Victorian Lit and you want to assign something atypical? Perhaps you’re just a fan of Gothic novels and you want something classic? Maybe you are trying to understand your LGBT / Queer history and heritage? Well, there is a great publisher out there that is producing some interesting scholarly editions from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries: Valancourt Books. This is not print on demand. These are good editions that in many cases can stand up to comparison with a Broadview. They are certainly better than the Penguin Classics that we pay too much for when you consider how easily their spines crack spines and their use of almost newspaper-quality paper. They are the size of a trade paperback (though some books are released as hardcovers).
I’ve managed to obtain several works from the period through Valancourt: Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean (1885), Marie Corelli’s The Sorrows of Satan (1895); the Anonymously written pornographic novel Teleny (1893); Frederick Rolfe’s (aka “Baron Corvo’s”) Stories Toto Told Me (1896); and John Davidson’s Early Lavender (1895).
I’ll admit that I’ve been eyeing their edition of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Eugene Aram lately. Newgate novels kick-ass!
Recently, they’ve published Bram Stoker’s Lady of the Shroud (1907) adding to their growing collection of his works. Beyond the Victorians and Edwardians they have a wonderful collection of gothic works from the early 19th century and late 18th century. Check out their website (link is listed to your right) and if anything catches your fancy, you can buy their work on Amazon.
Happy reading and happy Friday!