CONAN DOYLE, Sir Arthur. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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CONAN DOYLE, Sir Arthur The Hound of the Baskervilles George Newnes Ltd, London, 1902.

8vo. Original red cloth, gilt designs to upper cover and spine; upper edge red, pp. viii, 359; a very good copy of a fragile work, slight browning to end paper and a tiny worm hole to back end paper, but otherwise a remarkably well-preserved copy often found rubbed.
First edition. This copy with the upper edge stained red (possibly intended for export).
A book that needs almost no introduction, the Hound of the Baskervilles is Sherlock Holmes at his most iconic. Produced as a matter of necessity to sate the slavering Victorian public after Conan Doyle killed off the detective at the Reichenbach Falls in 1893 in "The Final Problem", the Hound originally was serialised in the Strand Magazine before finally appearing in this instantly recognisable book form. Battling between themes of the rational and the supernatural, ~i~ The Hound of the Baskervilles~ sees Holmes testing his famous intellectual faith in fact as he is called on to investigate a mysterious family curse.