Hard Cover. London: George Newnes, 1902. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing, with "you" for "your" on p. 13. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. Publisher's decorative red cloth binding designed by Alfred Garth Jones, ruled and titled in gilt with a hound's silhouette stamped in black, surrounded by a gilt floral design; lacking dust jacket. A very good copy, slightly shaken, with some sunning to spine and light wear to extremities, light foxing to top edge, front hinge very slightly starting at half-title, front pastedown with contemporary ownership signature and residue of now-removed label and rubber stamp, front free endpaper with small blind-stamp. Overall, an attractive copy with a clean text block and a bright, decorative binding. Green and Gibson A26. The Hound of the Baskervilles is Doyle's third novel to feature the well-known detective character Sherlock Holmes. Though the author had intended his second Holmes novel, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), to be the last, he continued the story into a third book after public demand, despite the ending of the second, in which Holmes falls to his death in the concluding story, "The Final Problem." The most popular of the Holmes cannon, The Hound of the Baskervilles purports to be an episode earlier in the detective's career, prior in chronology to "The Final Problem." The story tells of a murder mystery at the Baskerville Hall country house that involves the Baskerville family's superstition surrounding a hellhound myth. The plot was largely inspired by Doyle's golfing holiday at Cromer in Norfolk in the spring of 1901, where he spent time with a young journalist friend named Bertram Fletcher Robinson, who told Doyle a legend about a haunting ghost hound in the moors of Dartmoor. Like his previous two Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles is illustrated in black and white by Sidney Paget. Alfred Garth Jones (1872-1955) was an English artist, illustrator, and book designer whose style is hallmarked by his bold, thick lines and his Art Nouveau aesthetic. Trained in both Manchester and Paris, Jones created many types of book art, including illustrations, bookplates, binding designs, and page decorations.