First issue of the Gothic-tinged Sherlock Holmes novel, the first publication featuring the great detective since his "death" in 1893.
"It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull."
HOUND is one of only four novels featuring Sherlock Holmes (the remaining Canonical appearances being short stories), and probably the most beloved: a client's fear of a mysterious giant hound takes Holmes and Watson to the moors of Devon. The publication of this novel brought hope to every Sherlockian, as Holmes had famously disappeared off the cliff of the Reichenbach Falls in "The Final Problem" (1893). HOUND shows Doyle flirting with bringing Holmes back from the dead: while the story takes places before the events of "The Final Problem, " it paved the way for Holmes's full return in "The Empty House" (1903) – where he first appears disguised as a rare book dealer. A beautiful copy, unusual in this condition.
Read more: Green & Gibson, Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle, A26.
London: George Newnes, Limited, 1902. Full title: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Another adventure of Sherlock Holmes. Octavo. 7.25'' x 4.5''. Original full red cloth, elaborately stamped in gilt and black on front cover including silhouette of a hound designed by Alfred Garth Jones, gilt-ornamented spine. 16 full-page illustrations by Sidney Paget. Misprint "you" on page 13, line 3. . 359,  pages. Faint erased evidence of owner inscription on half title, blue paper label removed from gutter of rear pastedown. Housed in a custom red quarter goatskin clamshell box. A couple spots to cloth, only light rubbing to gilt, faint foxing to title page: overall fresh.
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