With Sixteen Illustrations. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907. 6 pp undated ads. Original red cloth with cover vignette in gilt.
First Edition of this group of literary essays, written as wanderings about the library in the Doyle home (which is shown in the frontispiece photograph).
"Through the Magic Door" gives you glimpses of the days when Conan Doyle was a struggling beginner in literature. Discussing the books on his library shelves, he picks out certain of them, each one of which, bought in student days when he was not affluent, it had cost him a lunch to buy [Bookman, quoted in G&G].
The illustrations are of other writers, such as Scott, Pepys, Hawthorne, Darwin and Stevenson.
This is a near-fine copy with scarcely any wear or soil (red spine slightly faded, leaves slightly foxed, both as usual for this book). Green & Gibson B7a. Item #14847