Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. A Study in Scarlet.
London, Ward Lock & Co. 1888
8vo. 169pp. + 14pp. Ads. (including an ad for Dr. Scott's Bilious and Liver Pills, should the criminous content of the book prove to much for you). First edition in book form (following on quick smart from the legendary Beeton appearance). With misprinting of “younger “ to 2nd paragraph of the publisher's preface, making it the 2nd imp of this edition.
Bound in a beautiful 20th Century full morocco gilt binding; centre-pieces to the spine and some delightful floreate decoration to the boards, altogether a lovely piece of work, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, tight, clean and sharp, some spotting and light wear to prelims and a slightly over eager ink contemporary ownership to the title page, with another rather scruffily crossed out, a very good copy indeed of a scarce and eminently desirable book, in a suitably scarlet tailor made cloth slipcase.
It's pretty, it's terribly scarce (both of the first printings of Study sold out very quickly), and has been collected avidly since the day of printing. It's the first Sherlock Holmes, it's the birth of one of the best known characters in fiction, end of. It's also a pretty good story and has 6 terribly earnest illustrations by Charles Doyle which constitute the second illustrative depiction of the Great Detective. Stupidly scarce, and the birthing place of a legendary mania.