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    A. Conan Doyle. Group of Three Stories and Plays. New York and London: 1912-1958. First editions.
    A. Conan Doyle. The Speckled Band. An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. London: Samuel French, [1912]. First edition. Octavo. 124, [2] pages. Full-page plans. Publisher's perfect binding, brown paper wrappers printed in black; all text block edges trimmed. Mild wrinkling and wear along backstrip, with a small split toward foot and a trace of wear at ends; front wrapper with price-stamp, later crossed out in pencil, and a small smudge toward joint; barely perceptible wrinkling and wear to corners. Text block slightly yellowed from age; corners barely softened and bumped; stamp at lower corner of half-title; verso of title-page stamped with slip pasted over text. Near fine.

    [Together with:] The Adventure of the Dying Detective. A New Sherlock Holmes Story. [New York]: P. F. Collier & Son, 1913. First edition. Twelvemo. 38, [2] pages. One full-page illustration preceding text. Publisher's one-quarter vellum over brown paper-covered boards, spine with paper label, front lettered in gilt; top and fore-edge trimmed. Surface of spine label browned, with wear and nicking at edges; vellum discolored, with wear along spine, particularly at spine ends; boards lightly rubbed with a few small spots of soiling; wear along edge and corners, with boards peeking through paper; top corner of rear board bumped. Text block dulled from age; faint but persistent tidemark at upper corner of leaves; occasional spot-stain along gutter or at margins. Very good. With bookplate of collector Edgar Wadsworth Smith affixed to front pastedown.

    [And:] The Crown Diamond. An Evening with Sherlock Holmes. A Play in One Act. New York: Privately printed by the Bakserette Press, 1958. First edition, limited to 59 numbered copies for subscribers, of which this is number 12. Preface signed and dated by Edgar Wadsworth Smith. Octavo. 32 unnumbered pages. Full-page and in-text engravings. One-quarter bound in black cloth over red paper-covered boards, with printed paper label affixed to front; all text block edges trimmed. Trace of wear at spine ends; a few minuscule glue stains at edges of rear board; bottom edges ever so slightly worn. Text block very softly dulled from age. Very nearly fine. With certificate on coated paper issuing the volume to Nathan L. Bengis, signed by Edgar Wadsworth Smith, along with a TLS and three ALS's between Bengis and Smith discussing Bengis's membership in the Baker Street Irregulars and the publication The Crown Diamond. Accompanied by a newspaper clipping announcing the discovery of the play and its subsequent publication.


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