THE PARASITE. Westminster: A. Constable and Co., 1894. Small octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-124  [126: blank] [127-128: blank] [note: first and last leaves are canceled blanks with stubs pasted to endpapers], original gray-green paper wrappers printed in dark green. First edition, first issue. Issued as "The Acme Library," No. 1. Published 3 December 1894 as the first book of the ill-fated Acme Library series (their second title was THE WATTER'S MOU' by Bram Stoker). The series was not a success and in 1897 the publisher reissued THE PARASITE with new preliminary leaves that removed all mention of the Acme Library. "Novella in which a repulsive medium falls in love with a young man, and uses her powers in an attempt to destroy him when he rejects her." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-21. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 552. Bleiler (1978), p. 63. Reginald 04501. Green and Gibson A17a. Short tear and associated wrinkle in rear wrapper, light wear to edges of spine panel, tiny nick to fore-edge of front wrapper, some light dust soiling to wrappers, a very good copy. A nice copy of a fragile book. (#147227).
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