DR. HAGGARD'S DISEASE. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore: Poseidon Press, . Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Signed on the title page by McGrath. As Edward Haggard treats James, the adult son of a woman he once loved, for a combat wound sustained during the Battle of Britain, Haggard becomes convinced that James is slowly developing female sex characteristics, increasing James' already striking resemblance to his long dead mother. "Patrick McGrath has published his novel, DR. HAGGARD'S DISEASE, another gem of the 'new gothic' … Roderick Usher, certainly, would recognize Edward Haggard, the eponymous narrator of Dr. Haggard's disease, a character who suffers extremes of mental anguish and physical pain, who refers to the pin his broken hip as 'Spike', as a spiritual heir… Concise clinical detail abounds, gruesome in itself perhaps, but more important for what it reveals of the personalities of those involved in such work." - Peter Cannon, Necrofile: The Review of Horror Literature #10 (1993), pps. 4-5. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#164468).
First printing has code "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.