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The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1912 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
‘So tomorrow we disappear into the unknown. This account I am transmitting down the river by canoe, and it may be our last word to those who are interested in our fate.’

From the brilliant mind of Arthur Conan Doyle comes a a classic tale of adventure and exploration. The first in the
Challenger novel series, join heroes Edward Malon and Professor Challenger as they travel to a Lost World in the Amazon forest where dinosaurs, Pterodactyls, Cave Men, and other prehistoric creatures are found to be co-existing, cut off from the rest of the world.

Illustrated with eight lithographic plates, including a photographic frontispiece of members of the expedition, featuring Doyle wearing a fake beard as Professor Challenger.
 
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The Sign of Four - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1890 - Spencer Blackett, London - First Edition
The second book in the inimitable Sherlock Holmes series, featuring the most famous literary detective of all time. Set between India and England, the plot revolves around a stolen treasure, an unbreakable pact, and a peg-legged criminal who appears to have the ability of teleportation, and marks the debut of Watson’s future wife: Mary Morstan. The novel begins with an unusually broody, sulky, and above all, bored Sherlock, as he reels in disgust at the thought of several days with nothing interesting to occupy himself with. Thankfully for Holmes, and Watson, Ms. Morstan is in dire trouble, and there’s only one man who can help her...

With engraved frontispiece by Charles Kerr. Housed in a custom burgundy morocco clamshell case, lettered in gilt and inner felt lining.

‘You have done all the work in this business. I get a wife out of it, Jones gets the credit, pray what remains for you?’
‘For me,’ said Sherlock Holmes, ‘there still remains the cocaine bottle’.
 
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‘The Speckled Band : An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ - The original Royal Adelphi Theatre program. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1910 - Adelphi Theatre, London
‘Special Cable to The New York Times. London, June 4. -- Sherlock Holmes came to life ton-night on the stage of the Adelphi Theatre in an adaptation of Conan Doyle’s story called “The Speckled Band.” It will be remembered that the mysterious title refers to a snake trained by its master to do murders. The reptile made three appearances to-night, finally killing its master in a scene so horrible that even Holmes had little chance. Lyn Harding, as a half-mad Anglo Indian villain, with the horrid pet, held the stage in a fashion evidently delightful to the gallery. Doyle responded to frantic calls with a bow.’

Here we present a rare original programme from that show which only ran for two months, with H. A. Saintsbury playing Sherlock Holmes and a very large rock boa which rather stole the show playing the part of the serpent. The play was transferred to the Globe on August 8th of 1910. In near fine condition and enclosed in separate magnificent colour art-nouveau covers.

‘[Doyle] took a six-month lease on the Adelphi Theatre so that
The House of Temperley [based on his novel ‘Rodney Stone’] might be produced. The death of the King and a serious slump in audience attendance, coupled with the subject which was not thought suitable for women, meant that the run was short.

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When I saw the course that things were taking I shut myself up and devoted my whole mind to making a sensational Sherlock Holmes drama. I wrote it in a week and called it ‘The Speckled Band’ after the short story of that name. I do not think that I exaggerate if I say that within a fortnight of the one play shutting down I had a company working upon the rehearsals of a second one, which had been written in the interval' (Memories and Adventures, p. 101).

The new play was a great success.’ – Green and Gibson,
A Bibliography of A Conan Doyle. 
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The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1927 - John Murray, London - First Edition
The last of the original Sherlock Holmes books, being twelve cases for the great detective which had been published serially in The Strand Magazine, and collected here with a new preface by the author.

A sharp near fine copy, without any of the foxing usually encountered.

And so, reader, farewell to Sherlock Holmes! 
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The Speckled Band, An Adventure of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1929 - Samuel French, London - First Edition, Fourth Impression. (‘French’s Acting Edition, No.2558.’)
Scarce early edition of Doyle’s gothic-themed Sherlock Holmes locked room mystery.. With five full page schematics for the stage plot, followed by the properties plot and the electric and lime plot at the rear of the book.

The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ had first appeared in Strand Magazine in February 1892, and was later collected as the eighth story in ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’. After Doyle’s successful stage adaptation of 1910, with the celebrated actor H.A. Saintsbury as Holmes and Claude King as Dr. Watson, it was committed to print by Samuel French in 1912. The play toured, and was also performed in America, with Saintsury returning in the London revival of 1921. 
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The Valley of Fear. A Sherlock Holmes Story. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur I. Keller (illustrator)

1914 - George H. Doran Company, New York - First Edition
The fourth and final full-length Sherlock Holmes novel, the true first edition, illustrated with seven colour plates by Arthur Keller, preceding the English edition which was published the following year with a single black and white frontispiece replacing Keller’s seven colour plates.

A retrospective or 'flashback' adventure set in Pennsylvania, 1888. '
The Valley of Fear' is also notable for the involvement of Holmes arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty. The plot is based on the activities of Molly Maguires, an Irish-American activist group known for their violent conflicts and long held status as a secret society.

‘Mr Mac, the most practical thing that you ever did in your life would be to shut yourself up for three months and read twelve hours a day at the annals of crime.’ 
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1905 - George Newnes Ltd., London - First Edition
With sixteen illustrated plates by Sidney Paget.

The murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair brings ‘The Great Detective’ back to life after the infamous events at the Richenbach Falls, commencing a search for the second most dangerous man in London. The ‘
Return’ is a collection of thirteen stories, among them some of the most interesting in the whole series - 'The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton' is a good example (which Doyle first called 'The Adventure of the Worst Man in London'). Four of the stories ('The Empty House', 'The Dancing Men', 'The Priory School' and 'The Second Stain'), were listed by Doyle in 1927 as being among his favourite Holmes episodes.

Housed in a felt-lined clamshell case of half dark blue morocco leather over matching cloth, titles in gilt
 
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The Trilogy of Desire: The Financier; The Titan; The Stoic. - Theodore Dreiser

1912 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Editions, first printings [October & K-M to copyright page of The Financier]
‘It is Mr. Dreiser's constant probing of the intertwined needs for money, art, glory, sex and so much else that makes "The Financier" the greatest of all American business novels.’ - The Wall Street Journal, 2012.

First editions Dreiser’s
Trilogy of Desire, also known as The Cowperwood Trilogy, telling the life story of Charles T. Yerkes, renamed Algernon Cowperwood by Dreiser, a Philadelphia securities manipulator and streetcar magnate. The Financier, in scarce and unrestored dust jacket

‘Dreiser laboriously researched the business practices and personal exploits of real-life robber baron Charles Yerkes to narrate Frank Algernon Cowperwood's early career in
The Financier, which explores the unscrupulous world of finance from the Civil War through the panic incited by the 1871 Chicago fire.’ (University of Illinois). Despite claiming complete ignorance about finance and an inability to make money, Dreiser presents a technical masterpiece. 
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