CONAN DOYLE, Arthur. The Lost World. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1912.
8vo. Rebound in full navy morocco, raised bands to spine, spine lettered in gitl, filleted in gilt; marbled endpapers; pp. [viii], 9-320; with a photographic frontispiece; retaining the original cloth front board, tipped in at the end; slight offsetting to preliminary pages; even toning to edges; else fine.
First edition. The Lost World is quite the departure from Conan Doyle's usual detective genre, for which he is best known. This novel is one of the early works in the 'lost world' subgenre of science fictio, exploring themes of scientific discovery, advenure, and the clash between reason and skepticism, which were prevalent in early twentieth century society. Delving into the idea of a hidden and isolated world, this novel is populated by dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, which has become an eduring trope in science fiction. This novel demonstrates Arthur Conan Doyle's versatility as a writer and his ability to create compelling worlds and narratives beyond the Sherlock Holmes realm.