The Hound of the Baskervilles. Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1902 - George Newness, 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.
  'Holmes is at his very best, and it is a highly dramatic idea.' – Doyle, to his mother, 2 April 1902.
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‘To that Providence, my sons, I hereby commend you, and I counsel you by way of caution to forbear from crossing the moor in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted’.
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‘Murder, my dear Watson. Refined, cold-blooded murder
Murder?
There's no doubt of it in my mind. Or perhaps I should say, my imagination. For that's where crimes are conceived and they're solved - in the imagination.

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A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. Never in the delirious dream of a disordered brain could anything more savage, more appalling, more hellish be conceived than that dark form and savage face which broke upon us out of the wall of fog.’
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Provenance: originally from the library of Edmund Croad Henn-Gennys [1881-1946. Cambridge University, Trinity Hall 1899] of Keaton House, Ermington, Devon, England; later from the library of Martin D. Jahn, former executive vice president of the family owned Chicago Metallic Corporation, suppliers of architectural building products, with his 1989 invoice from Dawson Book Service laid in.

References: Green and Gibson;
A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle [A26.a]. DeWaal; The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson [87]. Hardwicke; Complete Guide to Sherlock Holmes (1986). See also Haining (Crime Fiction), Steinbrunner & Penzler (Mystery & Detection), Quayle (Det.Fiction), Haycraft (Murder for Pleasure) Queen's Quorum. Cooper & Pike; Detective Fiction [115-119].

Octavo (12.5 x 19 cm). pp. [8] 359 [1]. Publisher's red cloth with black and gilt pictorial upper, gilt spine. ‘W.H. Smith & Son, London’ blind stamp to upper corner of front free endpaper.
  Condition: Very good, spine slightly faded, a touch of wear to spine ends, light foxing to endpapers, bleed from red cloth cover to top edges of endpapers, and top edge, as often encountered.   Ref: 108422   Price: HK$ 29,000