DOYLE, ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930.
The Works. London: John Murray, 1903 [but 1917].
8vo. 12 volumes. Title pages printed in red and black. 24 photogravure plates with captioned tissue guards. Period full morocco gilt by Sickles, red morocco floral inlays to corners and to spines, silk endleaves, top edges gilt. Very pale dampstaining to lower corners visible in some volumes, spines evenly sunned to brown, few marks to covers and some corners bumped.
Provenance: Gilt monogram ("GEB") to upper covers.
"THE AUTHOR'S EDITION," SIGNED by Doyle on the limitation page at the front of The White Company, no 834 of 1000 copies. "510 sets were bound by Smith, Elder and Company. The remaining 490 quires were passed to John Murray when the company was sold; they were reissued with new title-pages dated 1903 in and after 1917 ... The author considered this edition of his works to be of great importance: he revised parts, and added notes and a number of special introductions. He remarks in the preface that it had for some time been his ambition to have such a collection" (Green & Gibson). Doyle signed only the 1000 copies of the English issue out of friendship for Reginald Smith; he declined to sign the American ones. Green & Gibson A60.