London: A[rchibald]. Constable, 1894. First Edition. Pictorial Cloth. First Impression of Doyle's vampire novel (a spirit- rather than blood-sucking entity), preceding by three years Bram Stoker's Dracula. First volume in Constable's "Acme Library" series. Foolscap 8vo (158 x 95mm): ,125,pp. Publisher's dark blue ribbed cloth (also issued in grey-green wrappers lettered in dark blue), spine lettered in gilt; upper cover lettered and stamped in gilt with dragon parasite motif; top edge gilt, others untrimmed; illustrated title page. With book plate to front paste-down of Edgar Wadsworth Smith (1894-1960), Sherlock scholar and author of Profile by Gaslight: An Irregular Reader About the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Excellent example of a fragile production, spine a degree darkened, contents marginally toned, else Near Fine or better in bright binding. Green & Gilson A17a. Bleiler (Checklist), p. 63. Locke I, p. 71. Sadleir 748 & 3393. Near Fine+. Item #BB1909
First published in Harper's Weekly between November 10 and December 1, 1894. Adapted for the screen, in 1997, with script by Patrick Roddy, directed by Andrew Froemke. The Parasite makes use of a form of mind control similar to mesmerism of the Victorian era; some people are susceptible, others not. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).