[a colonial copy, fine in jacket] London: John Murray, (1929). 10 pp undated ads (John Murray), plus 12 pp ads dated January 1929 (Murray's Imperial Library). Original light grey cloth lettered in black, with pictorial dust jacket.
First Edition, colonial issue, of the last volume of fiction to be published during Doyle's lifetime. The title tale is Doyle's great science fiction adventure in which Professor Maracot leads an expedition to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and encounters an ancient submarine civilization -- illustrating Doyle's long-time interest in the Atlantis legend. Two of the other three tales are Professor Challenger science fiction stories -- "The Disintegration Machine" and "When the World Screamed." The other one, "The Story of Spedegue's Dropper," is a tale of the Great War in which a cricket bowler's lob technique is adapted for use in trench warfare.~According to G&G, on 29 July 1929 Murray issued 7970 domestic copies in rose cloth plus 2,500 colonial copies in this light grey cloth (today, however, we see easily ten or twenty domestic copies for each colonial copy). The binding reads "Murray's Imperial Library" at the foot of the front cover, and as noted above the ads include 12 pages of colonial ads. The pictorial dust jacket (showing explorers on the ocean bed while sea monsters threaten from above) is the same as the domestic jacket except that here there is no price in the white circle on the front cover, and ""Murray's Imperial Library" is added to the jacket spine.~This is a remarkably fine copy, without soil or wear, in a very nearly fine pictorial jacket (a couple of tiny nicks in head of the spine, but no loss -- and with scarcely any soil). The rear endpaper bears the small label of this copy's original seller, Thacker Spink of Calcutta. Green & Gibson A47b. Housed in a handsome full morocco slipcase, paneled in gilt, with inner cloth chemise. Item #13955