THE PARASITE by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
First edition, first printing published in 1894 by Archibald Constable and Co, London.
Condition: Good+/VG- Original publisher's blue cloth with gilt stamped 'Decadent Dragon' Motif to the upper board, gilt stamped titles to upper board and spine. Rough cut text block.
Boards are rubbed/bumped to the corners and to the spine tips, knock to lower board, light wear along hinge lengths of the spine. Gilt-stamping is still very fresh and reasonably bright, ditto to the spine where there are a few pale spots to the cloth. Contents are tightly bound and very clean, beautifully designed title page.
Part of Constable's 'Acme Library' which was a very shortly lived collection of what was to be Supernatural Fiction. Published uniformly with this was Bram Stoker's 'The Watter's Mou' (Constable would of course also publish Dracula a few years later, (Conan Doyle actually wrote to Stoker to compliment him on Dracula upon it's publication.) The Parasite is a weird, feverish novella concerning Reanimation, Suggestion of Vampirism, The Afterlife, Spiritualism and Possession. Covered in all major genre bibliographies it is an overlooked work by Doyle which falls very much into period of Decadent/Fin de Siècle works of the 1890s, even the designs of the boards are very similar in style to that of the genre classic 'The Stone Dragon' by R Murray Gilchrist.