THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan Doyle.First edition, first printing (FIRST STATE) published in 1892 by George Newnes, London.Condition: Large Octavo. Vg, 317pp. Publisher's original illustrated powder blue illustrated cloth, with bevelled edges, and gilt stamped titles to upper board and spine compartments. Rare first state binding without 'Southampton Street' to the Strand Library device on the upper board (this was corrected in subsequent printings). The corners look sharp and the cloth is clean, the titles reasonably bright and fresh, the spine has retained excellent colour, some light fading/age toning, the very edges of the spine tips may have had some, very light, professional work at some point but it is very difficult to discern if this is the case. The original floral endpapers are looking well, and there is a small contemporary booksellers label, one Darter's of Cheltenham. The text block is fully gilted and has retained a very descent shine, it presents very well indeed. Light to moderate foxing throughout, the pages are flush and tightly bound. Contains many iconic illustrations by the untouchable Sidney Paget.All first state points (Green and Gibson A10a and A14a) have been collated and can be provided upon enquiry. This is a very attractive copy of 'Adventures', which is difficult to find in attractive condition without a heavy price tag. Be aware of rebound copies masquerading as 'first states' which can only possibly be confirmed by the original binding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle