Ward, Lock & Co. London. 1888, 1888.
FIRST EDITION in book form of the first Sherlock Holmes novel and the Author's first book. 8vo. (7.3 x 5.1 inches). Published the year before in Beetons Christmas annual. Green & Gibson A1, a.i. (second impression). Publisher's preface with missprint 'youuger', para 2, line 3. ------- Bound in early (circa 1890's) half vellum with red morocco label, ruled and lettered in gilt. Marbled paper on boards. Plain white endpapers. Bound without the printed wrappers and advertisements. Six line illustrations by Charles Doyle, (the Author's Father) throughout the book. Previous owner name on the title page and some light foxing to the first and last few pages and occasionally on some page margins and the fore edge but overall a very good bright copy throughout. Whilst a copy in original wraps would be preferable, an early binding is the next best thing. A highly desirable true rarity of English literature.