London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Following the Boer War in South Africa and the condemnation from some quarters over Britain's role, Doyle wrote this 60,000-word pamphlet, which argued the United Kingdom's actions were justified. Doyle (1859-1930), who had served as a volunteer doctor in the Langman Field Hospital at Bloemfontein between March and June 1900, believed its publication was responsible for his being knighted by King Edward VII in 1902. Signed "Yours by A Conan Doyle" on the title page, with a Mafeking siege stamp laid in. Octavo. Full blue calf binding, with gilt titles. Typical browning to the contents, with some minor chipping and tape repairs to several leaves in Chapter X. Archival tape mends to short tears to the fore-edge of the first few leaves. The leather is darkened a bit along the spine and extremities; else very good. Housed in a custom blue cloth clamshell box.
(Inventory #: 66431)
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