A Study in Scarlet.London, Ward, Lock and Co., 1888  Stock Code: 137971
NotesFirst edition in book form of Conan Doyle's first book, marking the first separate publication of any Sherlock Holmes story, preceded only by the story's appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887. This copy is the second impression of the first edition, with the first and final signatures reset (distinguished by the mis-spelling "youuger" on p. v), and was issued in March 1889 following the first issue in July 1888; both impressions are rare and sought after.
Octavo (177 x 118 mm). Contemporary half vellum, marbled sides, red morocco spine label, spine ruled in gilt.
With 6 black and white illustrations in the text by Charles Doyle.
Ownership signature of "V. Holland" to title page. Vellum a little soiled, boards slightly scuffed, a little faint foxing to contents, couple of puncture marks to final few pages. A very good copy.
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