The Crowborough Edition.
First complete collected edition, number 663 of 760 numbered sets signed by the author in volume I. The Crowborough edition—named after the Sussex town where Doyle’s home, Windlesham, was located—has double the number of volumes of the Author’s Edition of 1903. Doyle had already signed sheets for it but his illness and death on 7 July 1930 prevented him seeing final publication of the work, and so it belongs to that select category, the posthumous signed limited edition. The introductions are reprinted from the Author’s Edition, and the text is set from the existing editions without any corrections.
24 volumes, octavo. Recent brown crushed morocco, raised bands to spines, titles and central tools to compartments gilt, single frames to boards gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Photogravure frontispiece portrait by Pirie MacDonald to Volume I. Occasional unopened folds. Tissue guard in Volume I partially loose, light dampstains along lower gutter and margin of the text block of a few volumes. Otherwise an excellent set.
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