London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914. Item #04982
Inscribed by Arthur Conan Doyle
Purchased from The Daily Telegraph Belgium Fund in 1914
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Mystery of Cloomber. London: Hodder & Soughton's Sevenpenny Library, [ca. 1914].
Inscribed in ink on title-page "With homage to Belgium / Arthur Conan Doyle"
Small octavo (6 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches; 162 x 108 mm.). [i-iv], v-vi, 7- 259, [1, blank] pp. [3 pp, advertisements on rear endpapers]. Including colored frontispiece and title-page printed on glossy paper.
Publishers embossed salmon cloth, spine lettered in gilt. A near fine copy.
Loosely inserted in a glassine envelope is a newspaper clipping (ca. 1914) titled "Is the friend as to whom you are in doubt regarding what you should give for a Christmas present a book-lover? Then go to the offices of Canada's Grand Trunk Railway system, 19 Cockspur-street, S.W. There you will be able to choose for him a volume by one of his favourite writers, autographed by the author, and, if you are lucky, with a special inscription in addition. It is a wonderful collection which Miss Elizabeth Banks has got together, and is offering for sale on behalf of The Daily Telegraph Fund. Famous writes, British and American, have sent copies of their works, with their signatures on the title-page… Some Inscriptions. Sir. A. Conan Doyle: "With homage to Belgium."
The Mystery of Cloomber is the second novel (preceded only by A Study in Scarlet) by the British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is narrated by John Fothergill West, a Scot who has moved with his family from Edinburgh to Wigtownshire to care for the estate of his father's half brother, William Farintosh. It was first published in 1888 in the Pall Mall Gazette.
Imperial Germany's forces spilled over the Belgian frontier on 4 August 1914. Though only the tenth the size of the German army Belgian forces held up the offensive for almost a month giving France and Britain the time to prepare.
In an article published in Tuesday's edition of The Daily Telegraph Sarah Rainey reports on King Albert's Book, the idea of Edwardian novelist Hall Caine. It brought princes, statesmen, authors, artists, composers and religious leaders to present their reaction to the invasion of Belgium. Money raised from its sales went to The Daily Telegraph Belgium Fund.
Green & Gibson A2 (later edition).