London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1903. Item #03069
The Author's Edition
One of One Thousand Sets Signed by Arthur Conan Doyle
With Notes By Doyle and Twenty-Four Superb Photogravures
DOYLE, [Sir] Arthur Conan. The Works of Arthur Conan Doyle. The Author's Edition. With Preface and Notes by the Author, and Photogravure Illustration. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1903.
Author's Edition. One of 1000 numbered sets, signed by the author, this being number 287. Twelve octavo volumes (7 7/8 x 5 1/4 in; 200 x 133 mm). Twenty-four photogravures including frontispieces by Arthur Twidle (20), Sidney Paget (1), B. West Clinedinst (1), and W.B. Wollen (2), all with captioned tissue guards.
Finely bound by Bayntun of Bath ca. 1960 in full red calf, covers with double gilt rules, spines decoratively tooled in gilt, blue and green morocco gilt lettering labels. All edges gilt, gilt board edges and decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Each volume with the engraved bookplate of Louis E. Goodman on front free-endpapers. A very fine set.
"The author considered this edition of his works to be of great importance: he revised parts, and added notes and a number of special introductions. He remarks in the preface that it had for some time been his ambition to have such a collection... Because of the author's friendship with Reginald Smith, he agreed to sign the thousand copies of the English issue. He was not, however, prepared to do the same for the American publisher, though he was asked. He made it known that he would only consider doing so for a considerable fee. The English issue also has the further attraction of having two illustrations in each volume rather than one." (Green & Gibson, p. 233).
The volumes, unnumbered, but given in the publisher's order, include: The White Company; Micah Clarke; The Refugees; Rodney Stone; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four; The Great Shadow and Uncle Bernac; A Duet with an Occasional Chorus; Tragedy of the Korosko and the Green Flag; The Stark-Munro Letters and Round the Red Lamp; and The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard.
Green and Gibson A60.