London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911. 8vo. vi, [ii], 298 pp., plus 14 pages publisher’s advertisements. FIRST EDITION. With 2 plates (coloured frontispiece by N. C. Wyeth and with a single plate by Harry Rountree). Original pictorial red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold; an excellent, uncut copy with only very slight indications of foxing. Item #12136
First edition. Divided into two parts, Doyle presents a mixed collection of seventeen stories including The contest, An iconoclast, The red star, De profundis, and The terror of Blue John Gap. Many of the sketches portray “various crises in the story of the human race, [and] are to be judged as experiments in that direction.”.