Item #7082 THE SIGN OF FOUR - INSCRIBED. Arthur Conan Doyle.
THE SIGN OF FOUR - INSCRIBED
THE SIGN OF FOUR - INSCRIBED

THE SIGN OF FOUR - INSCRIBED

London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1902. Souvenir Edition. An attractive copy of the second Sherlock Holmes novel, which "makes use of the Thames in an unforgettable manner, and the detection is more active than in A Study in Scarlet – as well as fraught with danger. For one thing, Watson succumbs to the charms of Miss Morstan, and for another the two detectives are nearly disposed of by Tonga, the Andaman Islander (Barzun & Taylor 1143). The first two titles of the Souvenir Edition – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Last Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – were issued by Newnes in September, 1901, in dark blue cloth with a gilt sphinx design by Alfred Garth Jones, to coincide with the opening of the play Sherlock Holmes at the Lyceum Theatre. The Sign of Four was added in December 1901. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title, infrequently found signed or inscribed. Gibson & Greene, p.578. Item #7082

A reprint (first published in 1901). Octavo (19cm); navy blue cloth, with titling and pictorial elements stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; top edge gilt; patterned endpapers; [viii],285,[3]pp. Inscribed by the author along the upper margin of the title page: "Yours truly / A. Conan Doyle." Forward lean, light wear to extremities, with a hint of foxing and a touch of dustiness to text edges; Very Good+ or better. Housed in a custom velvet-lined clamshell case by the Chelsea Bindery.

Price: $15,000.00

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