1912. Hodder & Stoughton / New York: George H. Doran Company, n.d. . Original grey paper-covered boards with spine label, with dust jacket. First American Edition of this unusual Doyle piece, having to do with a murder trial that had taken place in 1909.~Conan Doyle was approached by the defence lawyers who had acted for Oscar Slater, shortly after the trial [Slater had been found guilty]. He was at first reluctant to involve himself in the case, but once he realized how serious a miscarriage of justice had occurred, he did everything in his power. He visited Glasgow and Edinburgh, examined some of the witnesses, and sifted the rumours... [G&G]~After additional evidence came to light, the case was reopened in March 1914, but a secret inquiry held the following month did not overturn the verdict, and the war then intervened. Later, Doyle (and others) continued to campaign on Slater's behalf, and further proceedings ultimately resulted in Slater's release from prison -- but not until 1927.~This copy is in the variant binding noted by G&G (no priority indicated) -- grey paper-covered boards, rather than olive green cloth. The volume is in FINE condition; included is the rather uncommon dust jacket , in near-fine condition (a couple of tiny chips, a small droplet-mark on its spine). Green & Gibson B11b. (Inventory #: 14015)
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