A Study in Scarlet
DOYLE, [Sir] Arthur Conan (1859-1930)
Price: 495.00 GBP
London: Ward, Lock and Bowden, 1893, [Detective novel] First edition to contain Dr Joseph Bell's introduction 'A Note on Sherlock Holmes'. Bell was Doyle's university lecturer in medicine and the original model for his great detective. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.[xx]; 224;  advertisements. With several black and white in-text and full-page illustrations. Bound in publisher's quarter scarlet cloth, gilt titles to spine, beige buckram boards titled in red, patterned endpapers, top edge gilt. Some edge-spotting otherwise clean within, contents functionally recased, spine a little darkened and discoloured; a presentable and useable copy of a desirable and important edition. A Study In Scarlet (1888) was the first Sherlock Holmes novel, and features the initial meeting and debut case for the great amateur detective Sherlock Holmes with his new-found colleague; the narrator Dr. John Watson. Green and Gibson [A1]. Listed in '100 Books That Shaped World History' [Raftery, 2002].