An Attractively Bound First Edition "Hound"
Arthur Conan Doyle. The Hound of the
Baskervilles. Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.
London: George Newnes, Limited, 1902.
First edition in book form (first serialized in the Strand Magazine between August 1901 and April 1902). Small octavo (6.9375 x 4.5 inches; 176 x 114 mm.). , 358, , [1, blank] pp. Sixteen plates (including frontispiece, with tissue guard) by Sidney Paget.
Bound by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper) in full red polished calf. Covers with gilt double fillet border, spine decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with five raised bands and red and black calf gilt lettering labels, board edges and turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Original scarlet cloth covers and spine bound in at end. Spine very slightly faded, some very slight rubbing to covers. Intermittent light foxing, light crease to the title and the following three leaves, small abrasion to p. 4, resulting in the loss of one letter and affecting three others, tiny ink spot in the lower blank margin of the plate facing p. 58, small abrasion to p. 208, resulting in the partial loss of two letters (the letters are still present, but adhered to the facing plate). An excellent copy.
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, pp. 129-130).
Green and Gibson A26a.
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