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The Mystery of the Sea

was Bram Stoker's seventh novel. The novel is an adventure romance with supernatural elements. It was first published in the US in 1902 by Doubleday, Page & Co., New York. The book itself is a 489 page hardcover with an olive green cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in dark green and gold. The Mystery of the Sea was first published in the UK in 1902 by William Heinemann, London. This edition is a 498 page (plus 32 pages of advertisements) hardcover with a dark green cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold and light green. In the same year, this book was also published by Heinemann as a part of their Heinemann's Colonial Library series (No. 243). This edition is a 498 page hardcover with a decorated cloth cover [1].

First edition book cover


The Mystery of the Sea US Book Cover

Doubleday, Page & Co., New York, 1902

Other first edition covers

Serial publication


The Mystery of the Sea was published as a serial in at least one US newspaper. It appeared in as an illustrated multi-page daily serial in four issues of The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado, with the first installment appearing on April 10, 1904 and the last on April 13, 1904.

"The Seer"


Chapters I and II of The Mystery of the Sea have also been published as a short story under the name "The Seer." In 1982 it appeared in the short story collections Shades of Dracula: The Uncollected Stories of Bram Stoker, William Kimber, London. The editor of this book claimed that this story was published in the November 1901 issue of The London Magazine, The Amalgamated Press Ltd., London. However, a careful search has shown that no such story appeared in that magazine.

Availability


The novel is available as a:
  • Free text download
  • Free PDF download
  • Free PDF download (UK hardcover edition)
  • Free PDF download (The Denver Post)
  • The novel can be purchased online as a:
  • Hardcover The Collected Fiction of Bram Stoker: 4
  • Paperback The Mystery of the Sea
  • Early publication notice

    The Mystery of the Sea Publication Notice

    Daily Mail, London, October 7, 1902
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    References


    [1] Dalby, Richard and William Hughes. Bram Stoker: A bibliography, Essex: Desert Island Books, 2004, p62.

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