The Watter's Mou'is a novella by Bram Stoker. This novella is a romantic adventure story about a young coast guard officer who is bound by duty to stop his girlfriend's father and other local fishermen from smuggling on the eastern coast of Scotland. It was first published in the UK by A. Constable and Co., Westminster, as a part of their short lived Acme Library series (No. 2). According to a notice placed in the "Yesterday's New Books" column of the January 8, 1895 issue of The Standard, London, it was published on January 7, 1895. The book itself is a 165 page (plus 8 pages of advertisements) hardcover with a blue cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. It was first published in the US in 1895 by D. Appleton and Company, New York. This edition is a 178 page (plus 10 pages of advertisements) hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in silver and dark red.
A. Constable and Co. (publisher)
First edition book cover
A. Constable and Co., Westminster, 1895
The book's title means "the water's mouth" in a Scottish dialect and it refers to a gorge near the town of Cruden Bay currently known as the Old Water Moo'. It is believed that a small river know as the Water of Cruden once flowed into to the sea through this gorge.
New Cheaper Edition
Shortly after its initial publication in the UK, A. Constable and Co. released The Watter's Mou' in a cheaper one shilling edition. This edition is a 165 page paperback (plus 7 pages of advertisements) with a green paper cover stamped on the spine and front panel in black.
After its publication in book form, an excerpt was taken from The Watter's Mou' and published in the US.
"At the Watter's Mou': Between Duty and Love"
In November 1895, a part of chapter II appeared under the title "At the Watter's Mou': Between Duty and Love" in Current Literature: A Magazine of Contemporary Record, Current Literature Publishing Co., New York.
This novella is available as a: "At the Watter's Mou': Between Duty and Love" is available as a: It can also be purchased online as a: * This PDF is very large since it was made with high quality color scans.
Early publication notice
Pall Mall Gazette, London, April 10, 1895