London: George Newnes, Limited, 1902. First edition. First edition in book form after the serial publication in the Strand Magazine Aug. 1901 - April 1902. An attractive, just about Fine copy of the book without repair or restoration. Front panel bright, spine only slightly less so (spine a bit flattened); binding square and tight. Internally Fine and unread, an uncommonly fresh copy. Complete with all sixteen plates (including frontis) by Sidney Paget. Housed in a custom clamshell.
The Hound of The Baskervilles was the first Holmes story Conan Doyle wrote since Holmes’ death eight years before in The Final Problem. (Although the story was set before Sherlock Holmes’ end, its popularity would inspire Doyle to bring back the character entirely in The Adventure of the Empty House.) The Hound of The Baskervilles is set in the Southwestern English countryside and follows a murder that takes place amidst the legend of a cursed, spectral hound. Thought of as the best and most famous of the Sherlock Holmes stories, it appeared on Le Monde’s list of the 100 Books of the Century. The Hound of The Baskervilles was hugely popular when it was released, lines would form for copies of The Strand: “to the delight of Greenhough Smith, the magazine’s circulation rose by thirty thousand copies" (Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle). about Fine (Item #3275)