The Firm of Girdlestone - A Romance of the Unromantic.

The Firm of Girdlestone - A Romance of the Unromantic.
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London: Chatto & Windus, 1890. Small 8vo, viii, 399pp. Polished red calf extra, gilt-panelled backstrip, all edges gilt, original cloth upper cover bound in. A fine binding by Bayntun, in fine condition. First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Conan Doyle on the title-page: “With the author’s compliments and thanks”. A lovely copy of the first book Doyle wrote, which was his fourth published book following on the success of “A Study in Scarlet”. Doyle reputedly had an aversion to inscribing his books, especially the Sherlock Holmes titles, and, as here, very rarely even signed with his name, preferring “from the author” on the rare occasions he did inscribe a book. (Item Id: 109215)

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