New York: Paddington Press Ltd. 1978. 1st Edition. Oblong folio, publisher's cream cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original pictiorial and gilt dust jacket.
Facsimile of the sketchbook diary of Victorian artist (and father of Sherlock Holmes's creator) Charles Altamont Doyle. Committed to an asylum in Scotland for depression, alcoholism and epilepsy in the 1880s, Doyle continued to draw and write until his death in 1893. The sketchbook, which reproduces his watercolors and drawings of fairies, birds, flowers, fantastic creatures, and groteques of Victorian types, is a record of a fantastical imagination, but also a moving document of Doyle's efforts to come to terms with mental illness through his art. With an introduction by literary scholar Baker, and complete transcriptions of Doyle's texts as they appear in the sketchbook. Unclipped dust jacket with moderate rubbing and edgewear. Very good. Item #65