London New York Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. . Original light grey wrappers.
First Edition of this unusual Doyle piece, having to do with a murder trial that had taken place in 1909.
Conan Doyle was approached by the defence lawyers who had acted for Oscar Slater, shortly after the trial [Slater had been found guilty]. He was at first reluctant to involve himself in the case, but once he realized how serious a miscarriage of justice had occurred, he did everything in his power. He visited Glasgow and Edinburgh, examined some of the witnesses, and sifted the rumours... [G&G]
After additional evidence came to light, the case was reopened in March 1914, but a secret inquiry held the following month did not overturn the verdict, and the war then intervened. Later, Doyle (and others) continued to campaign on Slater's behalf, and further proceedings ultimately resulted in Slater's release from prison -- but not until 1927.
The volume includes six photographs (there are none in the US edition): of Slater, of the victim (a woman), of a duplicate of the murder weapon (a hammer), of the courtroom, the two of the scene of the crime. Near-fine (minor soil and edge-wear). This UK edition in wrappers, published in August 1912, is much scarcer than the (hardbound) US edition of six months later. Green & Gibson B11a. Housed in a felt-lined morocco-backed clamshell case. Item #14014