TITLE: The Hound of the Baskervilles
SUBTITLE: Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle
PUBLISHER: George Newnes, Limited
NO.OF PAGES: , 358, , [1, blank] pages with sixteen tipped-in plates (including illustrated frontispiece) by Sidney Paget.
BINDING: Original publisher's scarlet red cloth pictorially stamped in gilt and black (in a design by Alfred Garth Jones) and lettered in gilt on the front cover and pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on the spine.
Height: 19 cm
Width: 13 cm
Depth: 4.2 cm
TIPPED-IN DARK FOUNTAIN PEN INK SIGNATURE ("ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE") ON THE HALF TITLE PAGE
The Hound of the Baskervilles "was based on an idea given to [Doyle] by Bertram Fletcher Robinson, who was a nephew of Sir John Robinson and a correspondent for the Daily Express during the Boer War. The two men struck up a friendship when travelling back on the same ship from Cape Town. They spent four days together on a golfing holiday at Cromer in March 1901, and it was then that Robinson mentioned the legend (possibly of the Black Hound of Hergest associated with the Vaughan family of Hergest Court in Herefordshire). Doyle told his mother: 'Fletcher Robinson came here with me and we are going to do a small book together "The Hound of the Baskervilles" - a real creeper'...The serial publication was an unprecedented success. It was the only occasion in the magazine's history that a seventh printing was needed to meet the demand, and the queues at the publisher's offices and throughout the country were extraordinary" (Green and Gibson, "A Bibliography of A Conan Doyle," p. 130).
Alfred Garth Jones (1872-1955) was a British artist, illustrator, and book designer. Known primarily for his woodcuts, pen and ink line drawings, and watercolours, Jones' 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.
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