First Edition: The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Watter’s Mou by Bram Stoker
The Parasite: The short novel offers a different side to the Sherlock Holme writings of Doyle and reveals his fascination with spiritualism and the paranormal. The Parasite relays the tale of a physiologist, Gilroy who is a non- believer of paranormal, and his Professor friend who introduces him to a “skilled” psychic, Miss Penclosa. Gilroy falls under her powers: “This woman, by her own explanation, can dominate my nervous organism. She can project herself into my body and take command of it. She has a parasite soul; yes, she is a parasite, a monstrous parasite. She creeps into my frame as the hermit crab does into the whelk’s shell. I am powerless! What can I do?”. A lovely copy of this horror tale.
Original blue cloth boards with bright gilt lettering and dragon illustration on the front cover. Covers worn on the spine which is darkened. Corners a little bumped but good condition for it’s age. Internally very clean and bindings tight. A related newspaper article attached to front paste down which has marked the free page. Pencil signature on half title page. Gilt on top edges and uncut for the other page edges. 18 x 10cm.
The Watter’s Mou: Hardback bound in slightly marked blue cloth with bright gilt decorations to front board, spine and upper page edges. Wear to edges, corners and spine with missing top edge of spine. Tear on front free page. Faded owners signature to front paste down. Clean and crisp age toned pages with some foxing on last end pages. Size 12mo – over 6 3/4″-7 3/4″ tall. The Watter’s Mou portrays a thrilling romantic tale set along the Scottish coast and is quite different from Bram Stoker’s famous character of Dracula.
The publishing house of Archibald Constable & Co. launched a series of novellas by reputable authors under the name of The Acme Library in 1984. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle was the first production followed by The Watter’s Mou by Bram Stoker. The publication of the novellas was ill fated and the production run was short making these editions scarce to find. Both novellas provided an opportunity to see a different side to the author’s usual writings.