DOYLE, A[rthur]. Conan. ~ The valley of fear. With a frontispiece by Frank Willis. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1915.
8vo (187 × 116 mm.), pp. [viii], 306,  (adverts), with frontispiece. Original red cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Edges somewhat spotted, slight off-setting to endpapers. Ownership inscription dated 1915 to first blank. Unusually bright, with only a hint of sunning to spine. A near fine copy.
A superb copy from the first UK, preferred, edition. Widely considered one of the best illustrations of the Holmes-Watson relationship, The valley of fear was very well received by the wartime public. In 1916 the work was produced by G. B. Samuelson, his second Holmes film, starring H. A. Saintsbury, the British stage Holmes since 1901. Although he played Holmes some 1,400 times on stage, this is his only film appearance.
Catalogue of Crime 1145.