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    First Edition of a Sherlock Holmes Classic

    Arthur Conan Doyle. The Hound of the Baskervilles. London: George Newnes, 1902.

    First edition. With a tipped-in ink signature on the verso of the front free endpaper, possibly from the author, opposite the half-title: "Arthur Conan Doyle / Dec / 20" (verso of tipped-in sheet bears an ink inscription in verse from F. L. Rose, Bandmaster on H.M.S. Repulse). Small octavo. 369 pages. Sixteen tipped-in plates (including illustrated frontispiece) by Sidney Paget.

    Publisher's scarlet cloth with gilt lettering and gilt and black decorations. Cloth boards and spine are clean with gilt still bright. Slight rubbing to the joints, and binding slightly skewed. Light foxing to endpapers, with foxing a bit heavier to sheet edges. A few internal leaves with moderate foxing. Front free endpaper has penciled inscription from previous owner. A very attractive copy in near fine condition.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles "was based on an idea given to [Doyle] by Bertram Fletcher Robinson, who was a nephew of Sir John Robinson and a correspondent for the Daily Express during the Boer War. The two men struck up a friendship when travelling back on the same ship from Cape Town. They spent four days together on a golfing holiday at Cromer in March 1901, and it was then that Robinson mentioned the legend (possibly of the Black Hound of Hergest associated with the Vaughan family of Hergest Court in Herefordshire). Doyle told his mother: 'Fletcher Robinson came here with me and we are going to do a small book together The Hound of the Baskervilles - a real creeper.' [...] The serial publication was an unprecedented success. It was the only occasion in the magazine's history that a seventh printing was needed to meet the demand, and the queues at the publisher's offices and throughout the country were extraordinary" (Green and Gibson, A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle, A26a).


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