The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle 2nd edition 1892
Second edition published by George Newnes in 1892. This copy has been rebound in half leather by Bayntun-Riviere in Bath. Five raised bands on the spine and a flower motif along with the title and date in gilt. It is in a lovely near fine condition. All of the pages are remarkably clean without any foxing or spotting and there is no ink on the pages. Overall it is in a very nice near fine condition.
The Sherlock Holmes story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detectives drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watsons future wife, Mary Morstan.