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Author's Edition.
London: Smith, Elder & Co.,, 1903. 12 volumes, octavo (205 x 138 mm). Near-contemporary red crushed half morocco by Bayntun, titles and centre tool gilt to spines, raised bands, red cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Title pages printed in red and black. Frontispieces and 12 plates, all with captioned tissue-guards. Binder's stamp to front free endpaper verso. 20th-century bookseller's cataloguing laid-in. Spines uniformly faded, tiny abrasion to fore edge of rear cover to Brigadier Gerard, minor browning to margins of endpapers; an excellent set. Signed limited edition, number 282 of 1,000 sets signed by the author. The set collects Doyle's stories written between 1891 and 1903. The Author's Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes (omitting The Hound of the Baskervilles) published in the UK by Smith, Elder & Co. and 13 volumes published in the USA by D. Appleton & Co. (including The Hound of the Baskervilles). However, only the UK sets were signed by Doyle, and they have two plates in each volume, rather than one. Only the first 510 sets were bound by Smith, Elder; the remaining 490 were reissued by John Murray with new title pages in 1917, though still marked 1903. Doyle "considered this edition of his works to be of great importance: he revised parts, and added notes and a number of special introductions" (Green & Gibson). The set has a 1902 copyright in Doyle's name, made possible by the introductory material and those works which had appeared after the new Copyright Act had taken effect, but it was originally published in September 1903.
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