|Publisher||CHATTO & WINDUS, LONDON|
Chatto & Windus, London, 1890. FIRST EDITION. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Good condition, burgundy boards, corners & spine ends bumped, edges rubbed, back board rubbing and soiling, spine lean. Titles and decorations in black, gilt spine title with black decoration faded. Blind stamped decoration on back cover. Cover has an aged plate afixed from the legendary Victorian era "Grosvenor Gallery Library" - may be argued that this label is in itself a rarity from this well heralded institution and adds rather than detracts from this specific copy. Spine and edges a bit frayed. The Firm of Girdlestone' was the author's first completed full-length story which became his fourth published novel (and his sixth published book) when it first appeared in 1890. Formerly the property of Saint Marys Magdalene in Brighton England, with light stamps to claim ownership in a few places throughout book. Very scarce and early collectible edition from the author of Sherlock Holmes. Very affordable copy (sales in excess of $1200 are not unusual) of this rare title allowing for the minimal issues stated above. 399 pages + 32ads.