DescriptionArthur Conan Doyle. The Green Flag and Other Stories of War and Sport. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1900. First English edition. Publisher's red cloth is lightly worn and soiled. Vincent Starrett's copy with his signature and bookplate. Very good.
Octavo. 348 pages plus four pages of ads. Publisher's red cloth lettered in black and gilt. Housed in a custom quarter leather slipcase and chemise. Moderate wear to extremities. Bumped corners. Minor soiling and abrading to the cloth. Spine darkened. Binding cracked at page 208 and a few points beyond. Rear hinge starting. All in all, a very good copy. Green and Gibson A 25a.
Vincent Starrett (1886-1974) was an author, book collector, bibliographer, and journalist based in Chicago. In addition to writing a regular column on the book world called "Books Alive" for The Chicago Tribune, he also wrote pulp fiction, mystery stories, and pastiches of and essays on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. In fact, Starrett was a founding member of the Baker Street Irregulars and co-founder of the group's Chicago chapter, and he continues to be acknowledged as a preeminent Sherlock Holmes scholar. His works of Sherlockiana include 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes and, most notably, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, first published in 1933 and still an absolutely essential work for any serious student of the Sherlock Holmes canon.
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