London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, 1892. 8 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth.
First Edition of this early Doyle venture into the field of science fiction, largely concerned with alchemy. Doyle wrote this mainly to finance a trip to Vienna where he planned to establish himself as an eye doctor (the book is dedicated to the dermatologist who encouraged him to go there). He stayed in Vienna only two months, returning with the conviction that his future lay in literature rather than in medicine. RAFFLES HAW was published in March 1892 (only 2001 copies). This was partway through the Strand Magazine appearances of his first twelve "cases" of Sherlock Holmes, which in October 1892 would constitute his next book, THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES -- and suddenly Doyle would be famous.
This is a near-fine copy (volume slightly askew, but very little wear). Green & Gibson A9a.
This copy is signed by the author at the top of the title page, "With A Conan Doyle's kindest regards | Nov 30th /92". Signed copies this early in Arthur Conan Doyle's career are quite uncommon. Item #14299