The Watter's Mou'was Bram Stoker's third novel. 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. The novel is an adventure romance about a young coast guard officer who is bound by duty to stop his girlfriend's father and other local fishermen from smuggling. It was first published in the UK in 1895 by A. Constable and Co., Westminster, as a part of their short lived Acme Library series (No. 2). 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. In the same year, Constable released it in a cheaper one shilling edition. This edition is a 165 page paperback (plus 7 pages of advertisements) with a green cover stamped on the spine and front panel in black. 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
"At the Watter's Mou': Between Duty and Love"
An excerpt from of The Watter's Mou' was published in the US under the name "At the Watter's Mou': Between Duty and Love." In November 1895 a part of chapter II appeared under that title in Current Literature: A Magazine of Contemporary Record, The Current Literature Publishing Co., New York.
This novel 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, June 26, 1895