English novelist and detective story writer; creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Document Signed, three times (twice with initials), three pages, quarto, May 14, 1926.
Dolye’s agreement to grant Everleigh Nash and Grayson, publishers, “the right of printing and publishing in book form in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, its Colonies and Dependencies and in Ireland a new edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles…at a published price of two shillings and sixpence net and the Publishers shall pay to the Author a royalty of threepence per copy on all copies of the said work which they may sell.” Other clauses in the contract set forth the date of publication, Doyle’s advance (£100), the number of presentation copies he is to receive (6), and details regarding Doyle’s copyright, as well as other financial and legal considerations of the author and publisher.
The Hound of the Baskervilles, perhaps Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous work, was originally published in serial form by Strand Magazine. The story, woven around a ghostly hound and murder on the moors, marked the return of Sherlock Holmes after an absence of nine years. Doyle himself was clearly pleased with the work, asserting “Holmes is at his very best, and it is a highly dramatic idea.” According to Jacqueline Jaffe in her biography Conan Doyle, “The Hound of the Baskervilles was an immediate success. The combination of the Gothic and the detective story, the different perspectives used to tell the story, and the closeness of the companionship evident between Holmes and Watson all add up to one of the most satisfying of the Holmes stories.”
Contained in a custom designed green quarter leather box.
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- Literature – English/Irish