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Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens

Circa 1860 - Chapman and Hall (printed by Bradbury, London - Early Edition (first published 1848)
A nice early example of Dombey and Son,in publisher’s olive green cloth, illustrated with engraved frontispiece, title page vignette, and 37 (of 38) plates by H. K. Browne (pen name, ‘Phiz’).

‘Dombey and Son
is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially.

Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.’

[introduction from a later
Penguin Classics edition] 
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The Ballad of Beau Brocade and other Poems of the XVIIIth Century - Austin Dobson, Hugh Thomson (illustrator)

1892 - Kegan Paul, London - Large Paper Edition. Number 30 of 450 copies
‘And of all the knights of the gentle trade
Nobody bolder than Beau Brocade.’

An excellent copy of this 18th century-style ballad, one of Dobson’s most spirited works of verse, handsomely bound by Ramage, and charmingly illustrated with fifty black and white drawings by Hugh Thomson, printed on Japanese vellum.

This collection also includes the poems ‘A Gentleman of the Old School’, ‘A Dead Letter’, ‘The Old Sedan Chair’, ‘The Ladies of St. James’, ‘Molly Trefusis’, and ‘A Chapter on Froissart’.
 
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Our American Adventure [&] Our Second American Adventure - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1923 1924 - Doran / Little, New York / Boston - First American Edition
Two volumes. The accounts of Doyle's two American tours investigating and speaking on matters of Spiritualism. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

We live in the time of dawn, and year by year the overwhelming importance of this psychic question is forcing itself upon the public attention 
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - with - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1892 - George Newnes Ltd., London - First Edition, First Issues (preceded by the Strand Magazine publication)
A smart bright pair, first editions in their earliest issues of the classic Sherlock Holmes short stories, up to the Reichenbach Falls episode of The Final Problem. Illustrated throughout from wood engravings by Sidney Paget. Adventures contains twelve stories including A Scandal in Bohemia and The Speckled Band, Memoirs contains eleven stories including The Final Problem, and “Silver Blaze”.

Suitably housed in a custom clamshell case of half dark blue morocco leather over matching cloth, lined with felt, titles in gilt.
 
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The Hound of the Baskervilles. Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1902 - George Newnes, London - First Edition First Issue [misprint 'you' for 'your' on line 3 of page 13]
The legendary and terrifying mystery in which Holmes and Watson must investigate the menacing devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville ancestral home. To be read in a big leather armchair on a stormy night, whisky to hand.

Sherlock Holmes still remains the world’s best-known and best-loved fictional detective’ and The Hound of the Baskervilles one of the most desirable and classic works of detective fiction. A most superior copy, in the magnificently dark gothic covers by Alfred Garth Jones, and illustrated with 16 plates by Sidney Paget. Scarce in such condition. Housed in custom made, felt lined clamshell case of red half morocco leather, with spine lettered in gilt.
 
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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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