The Hollow Skin
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart Incorporated
Date Published: 1938
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 39178
275pp. Octavo [20 cm] Pale green cloth over boards with brown ink stamped titles on the spine and front cover. Publisher's purple top stain. Very good. Moderately bumped and rubbed at the extremities. The backstrip is browned, and the spine is mildly rolled. There is a stain on the rear board that measures 3/4" wide by 3" tall. The front endsheet is subtly darkened along the hinge, and the rear pastedown is heavily darkened and discolored. From the collection of Berkeley book collector and letter press printer, John Ruyle, with his notes in pencil on the front free endsheet. Bleiler CFL. Reginald 13909. In "333."
Includes a reference to Conan Doyle and Speckled Band on pp. 213-214. A weird novel with a man who is part reptile. From 333 - "Les Drummond, an Albany physician, is forced to take a recuperative holiday at St. Catherine's in the Bahamas, where he joins his uncle, one of the island's two practicing doctors. Drummond's infatuation for a beautiful girl attracts his attention to the reputedly-haunted fortress which her guardian makes use of as a home. The guardian, Percy Isher, virtually imprisons the girl here, which leads Drummond to investigate in the guise of his uncle's assistant. The house is the scene of two unnatural deaths, and Drummond learns that the girl's mental development has never advanced beyond a childhood level. She is killed, and he witnesses a weird transformation. Isher is a simian mutant who sheds his skin periodically as a poisonous snake or lizard."