1902. [a handsome copy] Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1902. Original red cloth decorated in gilt and black. First Edition of Doyle's famous full-length Sherlock Holmes novel, illustrated by Sidney Paget -- a tale Doyle himself termed "a real creeper." This was the first Sherlockian tale since Doyle had apparently killed Holmes off in "The Final Problem" of late 1893. However, since THE HOUND takes place chronologically before then, Doyle was not here officially "reviving" Holmes; this he would do the following year, when he wrote "The Adventure of the Empty House" -- which would be the first tale of THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES in 1905.~This is an attractive, near-fine copy, very slightly rubbed but still quite bright; atypically, the leaves have very little foxing and the endpapers are intact. the front endpaper bears a signature dated 6 May 1902, six weeks after publication. Though THE HOUND was issued in considerable numbers, it is becoming difficult to find in truly advantageous condition. Green & Gibson A26a. (Inventory #: 13489)
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