London: Hodder and Stoughton, . Original navy blue cloth.
First Edition, which consisted of only 2,000 copies (priced at a steep 20 shillings). MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES consists of 32 autobiographical musings -- from memories of Doyle's boyhood, to "Sidelights on Sherlock Holmes," to wartime recollections, to "The Psychic Quest" -- all of them first appearances in book form, most (but not all) having appeared individually in various magazines since 1897. Quoting from Doyle's Preface:
I have known what it was to be a poor man, and I have known what it was to be fairly affluent... I have tried my hand at very many sports, including boxing, cricket, billiards, motoring, football, aeronautics and ski-ing, having been the first to introduce the latter for long journeys into Switzerland. I have travelled as Doctor to a whaler for seven months in the Arctic and afterwards in the West Coast of Africa. I have seen something of three wars, the Soudanese, the South African and the German... Finally I have been constrained to devote my latter years to telling the world the final result of thirty-six years' study of the occult, and in endeavouring to make it realize the overwhelming importance of the question... Such is the life which I have told in some detail in my MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES.
This book, curiously uncommon in any condition, is a remarkably fine, bright copy; we have never seen an example of its dust jacket. Green & Gibson B34a. Item #14074