"They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”
DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles. London: George Newnes Ltd., 1902.
8vo. Original red cloth, gilt design on upper cover and spine by Alfred Garth Jones, incorporating a black silhouette of a hound; pp. [viii] + 359; 16 plates by Sidney Paget; previous owner's bookplate to front paste down; cloth to spine lightly faded, ff endpaper later expertly replaced; hinges a little fragile; the odd damp spot and some bleeding from red cloth to upper edge and slight lean; nonetheless a very good, internally clean copy.
First edition of Doyle's most famous work. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is now up to Holmes and Watson to solve the mystery of the legend.
Although Conan Doyle killed off his most famous character by sending Holmes over the Reichenbach Falls in a struggle with Professor Moriarty in The Final Problem (December 1893), readers demanded the sleuth's return. The author obliged with this, the third -and still considered by many the best- Sherlock Holmes novel. The book is carefully positioned on the title page as "another adventure" of Holmes, but as Howard Haycraft notes, "the seed of doubt was planted". While the novel proved an immediate success, readers pressed for more. Conan Doyle finally relented and engineered Holmes' 'resurrection' in 1903.
Scarce indeed in the original cloth.