The Valley of Fear.London : 1915 Stock Code: 137426
NotesFirst UK edition of the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel. Published on 3 June 1915, the UK edition was preceded by the US edition, which was released on 27 February of the same year. It is, however, far less common, with some 20,000 fewer copies issued in Britain.
Octavo. Original red cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Housed in a custom red quarter morocco clamshell box with titles in gilt to spine.
Frontispiece by Frank Wiles, and 6 pp. of publisher's advertisements at end.
Ink ownership inscriptions (7 June 1915) to front free endpaper and (8.8.15) to rear pastedown, and discreet ownership stamp (Jos. Lowrey) to top corner of first two leaves. Faint discolouration along top and fore edge, head of spine a trifle bumped, free endpapers a little toned as usual; a remarkably well-preserved, fine, and otherwise unmarked copy.
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