The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle published by Spencer Blackett.
A scarce and very good first edition copy of The Sign of Four published by Spencer Blackett. The book first appeared in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine as The Sign of the Four or The Problem of the Sholtos. There was American and British interest in the stories of Sherlock Holmes with sales and republishing in journals in the UK and USA. This first edition book used the title, The Sign of Four and is illustrated by Charles Kerr. A bright copy.
Original red cloth boards with black edging illustrations with gilt lettering of the title. Wear to the spine ends and fading of the colour on the head of the spine. Second state with Griffith Farran & Cos Standard Library to spine. Wear to the corners. Clean and intact brown end papers. Signature of previous owner dated March 1892 on the verso of the frontpiece. The contents are very clean and illustrations intact – a rare find in any condition. Hinges beginning to loose in places. 8vo 283 pp.
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