Illustrated by Arthur I. Keller. New York: George H. Doran Company, n.d. . Original red cloth.
First Edition (published more than three months before the London edition) of this Sherlock tale sited half in an English manor house and half in the coal mining villages of Pennsylvania. As Doyle later recollected, the story had its origin "through my reading a graphic account of the Molly McGuire outrages in the coalfields of Pennsylvania, when a young detective from Pinkerton's Agency acted exactly as the hero is represented as doing." This was Sherlock Holmes's first appearance in ten years, following his RETURN in 1905. This was also the last of the four book-length Sherlock Holmes adventures -- the others having been A STUDY IN SCARLET, THE SIGN OF FOUR and THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. As veteran Doyle collectors know, the later Sherlockian titles (THE RETURN, this one, HIS LAST BOW and THE CASE-BOOK) are somewhat scarcer than the best-known earlier ones (THE ADVENTURES, THE MEMOIRS and THE HOUND).
This is a handsome copy, just about fine, without wear or soil; the gilt lettering while bright is not gleaming, but such was the nature of "gilt" during the Great War. Green & Gibson A39c. Item #13954