The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sidney Paget (illustrator) 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.

This copy from the library of the fabulous Lady Constance Butler [1879-1949] Anglo-Irish noblewoman, yachtswoman, and expert radiographer who after the 1st World War headed the X-Ray department art St. Andrew’s Hospital in London. With her sister she coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, seated in a box set aside for "personal friends of the Queen and Queen Alexandra”. One would not have been surprised if she had sent a case to the great Holmes himself...
  Provenance: With the small pictorial bookplate of Lady Constance Mary Butler.

References: Green & Gibson,
Bibliography of A Conan Doyle, A29a. Book Collector No.271, 'The Great Illustrators'.

Octavo (book size 19x13.2cm), pp. [8] 403 [1] [4 (publisher’s advertisements)]. In publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt to spine and front board.
  Condition: A fresh and superior example, internally clean, some toning to endpapers as is common, block slightly shaken and inner paper joint parted. Light wear to cloth at joint and spine ends, a few small nicks to spine.   Ref: 110671   Price: HK$ 16,500