London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. Item #05021
"When I speak of my first work, for it was written seven-and-twenty years ago.
I was six at the time, and have a very distinct recollection of the achievement" (Arthur Conan Doyle).
[DOYLE, Arthur Conan, contributor]. JEROME, Jerome K, introduction. My First Book. The Experiences of Walter Besant; James Payn; W. Clark Russell; Grant Allen; Hall Caine; George R. Sims; Rudyard Kipling; A. Conan Doyle; M.E. Braddon; F.W. Robinson; H. Rider Haggard; R.M. Ballantyne; I. Zangwill; Morley Roberts; David Christie Murray; Marie Corelli; Jerome K. Jerome; John Strange Winter; Bret Harte; 'Q.'; Robert Buchanan; Robert Louis Stevenson. With an introduction by Jerome K. Jerome and 185 illustrations. London: Chatto & Windus, 1894.
First English edition. Octavo (8 x 5 5/8 inches; 203 x 143 mm.). xxiv, 309, [1, blank], [1, printers device], [1, blank] pp. Thirty-two page publisher's catalog dated April 1894 bound in at end. Frontispiece and 184 illustrations by various illustrators (many full-page) included in pagination.
Publisher's light blue cloth, front cover blocked in black and silver, spine lettered in black and gilt, gray floral endpapers. Some occasional light marginal foxing, otherwise fine.
Published on September 1894 priced 7/6.
“Jerome K. Jerome persuaded a group of authors each to write an article called ‘My First Book.’ I believe every writer of eminence, whom he approached, allowed himself to be caught in the Jerome net. Who can resist writing about ‘My First Book?”
"Conan Doyle's Juvenalia gives an account of the author's literary apprenticeship, though fails to mention his first published book. It so impressed Robert Louis Stevenson, when he read it in the Idler (January 1893), that he submitted an article of his own on Treasure Island." (Green and Gibson, pp. 347-348).
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.
Green and Gibson C3a.