London: George Newnes, 1902. Item #03952
First Edition 'Hound of the Baskervilles' in the Original Cloth
The 'Number One' Sherlock Holmes Novel
DOYLE, A[rthur] Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles. Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1902.
First edition in book form (first serialized in the Strand Magazine between August 1901 and April 1902).
Small octavo (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 184 x 120 mm.). , 358, , [1, blank] pp. With sixteen plates (including frontispiece) by Sidney Paget.
Original scarlet cloth pictorially stamped in gilt and black (in a design by Alfred Garth Jones) and lettered in gilt on front cover and pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on spine. Minimal rubbing to corner extremities, the cloth and gilt and black decoration remarkable fresh. Neat ink signature and feint ink inscription on front free end-paper, small stain on upper margin of leaves B8 and C1 (pp. 15-18), light stain, mainly marginal on plates facing pp. 24, 58, and 76. Small and very light red stain on top margin of rear end-paper and paste-down, a couple of light marks/stains on for-edge. A very good copy, without the fading to the spine that is usually seen. Housed in a quarter red morocco clamshell case.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case…
The Hound of the Baskervilles “was based on an idea given to [Doyle] by Bertram Fletcher Robinson, who was a nephew of Sir John Robinson and a correspondent for the Daily Express during the Boer War. The two men struck up a friendship when travelling back on the same ship from Cape Town. They spent four days together on a golfing holiday at Cromer in March 1901, and it was then that Robinson mentioned the legend (possibly of the Black Hound of Hergest associated with the Vaughan family of Hergest Court in Herefordshire). Doyle told his mother: ‘Fletcher Robinson came here with me and we are going to do a small book together “The Hound of the Baskervilles”—a real creeper’…The serial publication was an unprecedented success. It was the only occasion in the magazine’s history that a seventh printing was needed to meet the demand, and the queues at the publisher’s offices and throughout the country were extraordinary” (Green and Gibson, p. 130).
Green and Gibson A26a.