London: George Newnes, Limited, 1902. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's red cloth pictorially stamped in black and gilt.
"A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. Never in the delirious dream of a disordered brain could anything more savage, more appalling, more hellish, be conceived than that dark form and savage face which broke upon us out of the wall of fog." First edition of Arthur Conan Doyle's most popular Sherlock Holmes novel, in which Holmes – newly returned from the dead after having been killed off by a Holmes-weary Doyle in the story "The Final Problem" – untangles a country house murder mystery that turns on the Baskerville family legend of a local hellhound. First serialized in the Strand Magazine between August 1901 and April 1902, The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third novel to feature the famous detective (with the events technically preceding the action of "The Final Problem"). The story was inspired by a golfing holiday to the West Country, where Doyle's friend, the journalist Bertram Fletcher Robinson (to whom the book is dedicated), told him a legend about a ghost hound in the moors of Dartmoor. Illustrated with 16 black-and-white drawings by Sidney Paget; binding designed by Alfred Garth Jones. First printing, with "you" for "your" in line 3 on p.13 and with illustration to p.76 reversed. Green & Gibson A26. De Waal A87. Lacking exceptionally rare dust jacket. Contemporary owner signature to front flyleaf. Light foxing to preliminary leaves and fore-edge. Light rubbing to spine-ends, spine faintly sunned, minor bubbling to cloth, far less than often, with gilt uncommonly bright. Near fine. Item #2376