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Book with the First Dracula Illustrations Ever (1899-1900)

A project in München, Germany by Hans Corneel de Roos

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Dracula: The Very First Illustrations (1899-1900)
Backers: 63
Average Pledge Per Backer: €31

Funded: €1,944 of €300
Dates: Jul 6th -> Aug 5th (30 days)
Project By: Hans Corneel de Roos
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"Thank you all so much! We have come so far in so little time!"

August 5th - via: kickstarter.com
"Thank you all so much! We have come so far in so little time!" That is the standard phrase that always appears in this text form -- as soon as you click in it, it disappears. I found it worthwhile to document it here, as it is so very true for this... (Read More)

Who was the editor of the Swedish Dracula variants? FINAL DAY!

August 4th - via: kickstarter.com
On this final day of this campaign, let's discuss who might have been the editor of the Swedish Dracula modifications. All we know for sure - because it is printed in black-and-white in the Swedish title - is that the editor used the pseudononym... (Read More)

Heading for the finish line! Please give us your last-minute pledge :-)

August 4th - via: kickstarter.com
As this campaign will end Friday morning, there is only one day left now for fans and followers to make their pledges here and get hold of this unique book. With 99 copies financed (assuming that all pledges are fulfilled), we are just one copy short... (Read More)

Translations from the Swedish are done! Lucy WESTERN? First US serialization of May 1899.

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Today, I finished my translations from the Swedish - they are already part of the book lay-out. I sent the texts to my colleague and friend Brian C. in the UK, who is a professional proofreader with an acdemic background in the History of Ideas. I... (Read More)

Final days - Yesterday was great! Introducing the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102

August 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Yesterday was a great day for our campaign: one upgrade to a set of three books, and three new pledges for one book. Five more books funded altogether. For commercial off-set printers, you should know, it essentially is the same whether they print... (Read More)

Last Sunday in this campaign -- the pleasure of backing a project :-)

August 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Until now, I was so busy managing this campaign (with no experience at all) and preparing my book, that I had no time to look around much on Kickstarter and back other projects. But today, I picked a book project with very interesting photos by Thea... (Read More)

Did I say something wrong? Did the summer holidays start?? Pledging drought??? Shipping Adresses?

July 30th - via: kickstarter.com
After a truly continuous development of the campaign, the last four days have shown a pledging drought - and I have no idea what may have caused it. Perhaps, my US backers can enlighten me? Have the summer holidays started? Did the stock market... (Read More)

One week to go! Please give our HEART-COVER one last push! Translation progress.

July 28th - via: kickstarter.com
So much has been reached over the past four weeks - Now please do not give up!! Let's get pledges for another 20 books, until the "followers" are activated during the last two days :-) As I said in my last comment, I would love to include all the... (Read More)

The golden hour.... Time for new pledges

July 27th - via: kickstarter.com
In photography, the golden hour is known at the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when the daylight is softer and warmer than during during the rest of the day and your photos get that "golden touch." For this Kickstarter campaign,... (Read More)

Draculitz was framed! Another mystery linked to the Swedish variants of Dracula

July 26th - via: kickstarter.com
While the funding campaign is steadily getting ahead (three new backers in the last hours!) and, if all pledges are fulfilled, I will chip in the missing funds for a hardcover edition, here is another little mystery linked to the Swedish versions of... (Read More)

Who was Dr. Oscar Marlington? Why did he disappear from history?

July 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Yesterday, I explained about Jack the Ripper and the misunderstandings about his suspected role in Powers of Darkness. Today, I will tell someting about a man who confessed to have committed the Ripper Murders, was arrested - and then never mentioned... (Read More)

What does Jack the Ripper have to do with the Nordic Dracula versions?

July 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
When Richard Dalby in 1986 first published Joel Emerson's translation of Makt Myrkranna, the Icelandic version of Dracula, one line caught a lot of attention:  “But the events are incontrovertible, and so many people know of them that they cannot... (Read More)

To bleed or not to bleed, that is the question...

July 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
For today, I announced a story about Jack the Ripper being mentioned in the preface to the Icelandic and Swedish versions of Dracula, but it will have to wait till tomorrow, as exciting things are happening on the book design level.  As announced... (Read More)

Halftime! It is not over till it's over!

July 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Yesterday, I reported about my trials and tribulations, trying to match the most attractive book design with international shipping costs that are still affordable. The conundrum will keep me busy for a while, but help seems to be on the way in the... (Read More)

Hardcover book to knock out intruders? Think twice and do the math! [Not for math haters...]

July 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Although I did my best to calculate all costs in advance, the reality of life is full of surprises! And even in a small project like this, there are so many interdependent variables, that a Kickstarter newbie like me gets dizzy from tracking them all... (Read More)

Hidden signature in the Swedish Dracula drawings?!

July 17th - via: kickstarter.com
In my update of July 14, I reported that the name of the artist who created these very first Dracula illustrations is not known. Now that further renowned Dracula experts have joined our group of backers (welcome, Leslie and Dacre!), perhaps it is... (Read More)

And this is the very first translation of the Swedish Dracula text, too (in parts, at least)!

July 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Dear Kickstarter friends, Since a good week, I have been selecting phrases and paragraphs from the Swedish Dracula text to serve as captions to the illustrations. My idea is to introduce each drawing with a very short descripion to explain the... (Read More)

"A Backer a Day keeps the Doctor Away!" New detail pictures, a subplot about the promiscuous Countess

July 15th - via: kickstarter.com
U.S. backers are consolidating their lead - we just had another contribution :-) With one new supporter a day we will narrowly reach our target for a luxurious hardcover - two or more contributions would be welcome, though :-) I just added further... (Read More)

About lines and colors

July 15th - via: kickstarter.com
About the lines and colors of the Dracula graphics I could tell you long stories, as each file has been edited at least a dozen times and contains up to 40 separate layers. But the quickest way to demonstrate what we have done so far is to show the... (Read More)

Trying in the category Arts > Illustrations

July 14th - via: kickstarter.com
As we had a slight slump in our progress yesterday (Thank you so much, Sean, for joining us - a real relief!), I just switched this campaign to the category Arts > Illustrations. Most of my supporters have found this book through an "extended... (Read More)

Why are the Swedish Dracula illustrations bigger than others?

July 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Another interesting question about the Swedish Dracula drawings is, why these illustrations, as a rule, had a larger format than similar graphics in other novels that were published in the newspaper Dagen simultaneously. A good example is this... (Read More)

Who was the creator of the Swedish Dracula drawings?

July 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Who was the draughtsman  (or -woman) who created these artful pen drawings? The answer is short: we do not know. Of course, I have sent enquiries to the Swedish Archive of Newspaper Illustrations, but even the conservators there where not able to... (Read More)

Two more supporters | Pictures updated

July 12th - via: kickstarter.com
The US supporters are taking a clear clear lead now, both in the number of individuals (14) and in the rewards they pick (your name printed in the book; set of three books). The UK is following with three supporters, while Canada, New Zealand,... (Read More)

55 books financed - full speed into the final stretch!

July 12th - via: kickstarter.com
With 55 books financed altogether,  we are now heading for our final target of 100 contributions! Both on Facebook and here on Kickstarter, US enthusiasts have taken the lead. With the afternoon starting in New York now, the coming hours will show... (Read More)

Target of 300 Euros reached; up to the next stretch goal! Extra perks.

July 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Yesterday, we reached the (rather modest) target of 300 Euros or 12 book orders; today, we are almost at 400 Euros for 15 copies of the book (shipping costs included!) Many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!! Via my Facebook campaign, 34... (Read More)

83% reached! The goal is in sight!

July 9th - via: kickstarter.com
While I was asleep... Three more people signed up for this book with the first Dracula illustrations ever :-) The target of 12 contributions is in sight now... but with the right motivation, I see no reason why we should not reach 100 before the... (Read More)

A great start - we are on our way to a great book!

July 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Many thanks to all who signed up! The first day has demonstrated serious interest on Kickstarter - not only from those who contributed, but also from those who opted to follow this project. There is no reason to hesitate, however: in... (Read More)

A great start! Thanks for you early support!!

July 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow!! Within the first hour, we have already won three supporters!! Fantastic! Welcome to my campaign and my project, and please spread the news so that we reach our goal soon :-) In the meantime, the work on the book continues :-) You have given us... (Read More)

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