The Works.London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1903 Stock Code: 141692
Signed limited edition, number 217 of 1,000 sets signed by the author. The set collects Doyle's stories written between 1891 and 1903.
The Author's Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes (omitting The Hound of the Baskervilles) published in the UK by Smith, Elder & Co. and 13 volumes published in the USA by D. Appleton & Co. (including The Hound of the Baskervilles). However, only the UK sets were signed by Doyle, and they have two plates in each volume, rather than one. Only the first 510 sets were bound by Smith, Elder; the remaining 490 were reissued by John Murray with new title pages in 1917, though still marked 1903. Doyle "considered this edition of his works to be of great importance: he revised parts, and added notes and a number of special introductions" (Green & Gibson). The set has a 1902 copyright in Doyle's name, made possible by the introductory material and those works which had appeared after the new Copyright Act had taken effect, but it was originally published in September 1903.
12 volumes, octavo (206 x 132 mm). Near- contemporary red half calf, black morocco labels, centre tool to spines in compartments, raised bands, red cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
Title pages printed in red and black. Frontispieces and 12 plates, all with captioned tissue-guards.
Pages nice and clean, recent black labels, spines rubbed and some with a slight cracquelure, boards slightly marked. A very good set.
Green & Gibson A60.
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