The Hound of the Baskervilles
London: George Newnes, Limited, 1902.
London: George Newnes, Limited, 1902. First edition. First edition in book form after the serial publication in the Strand Magazine Aug. 1901 - April 1902. First issue with the misprint "you" for "your" on page 13 line 3. Nearly Fine. A lovely bright copy with almost no soiling to the cloth and gilt that still pops. Spine just slightly darker than front board. Clean internally without foxing. Complete with all sixteen plates (including frontis) by Sidney Paget. Housed in a red quarter-leather slipcase with chemise.
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). Nearly Fine (Item #5515)