Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1944.
First Edition. Hardcover. 8 1/8" X 5 5/8". xxii, [ii], 363pp, plus one page index. Extensive wear to dust jacket, taped to binding, with aggressive price-clipping to front flap at top corner and bottom 3/4", rear flap excised, tape repairs to recto and verso, heavy chipping to tail of spine, tears to edges and extremities, and mild soiling. Black cloth over boards, with upper board and spine stamped in red. Moderate edgewear to binding, with bumping to extremities, dust soiling, and mild surface wear. Faint dampstain to upper board. Faded red topstain. Rubbing and tape marks to pastedowns. Hinges a touch tender. Binding remains sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A worn but solid first printing of this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories by such authors as Vincent Starrett, August Derleth, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Agatha Christie, J. M. Barrie, and many more. Good + / fair. Item #3607