The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrated by Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden illustrates this softbound edition – one of the first in the Folio Collectables range.

A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame …

Has a savage beast been unleashed from hell to torment the last of the Baskervilles, or is it, as Sherlock Holmes shrewdly suspects, the instrument of the foulest of foul play? Arthur Conan Doyle had despatched his famous detective over the Reichenbach Falls eight years prior to the appearance of this, the third and best-known Sherlock Holmes novel. While he called its writing ‘the inevitable relapse after repentance’, he was sufficiently unrepentant to call it ‘a real creeper’, and to be the first to admit that it featured ‘Holmes at his very best’. Not simply another of Conan Doyle’s classic tales, this book manages subtly to blend two recurring preoccupations of late Victorian fiction: the gothic and the triumph of Rationalism. The Hound of the Baskervilles succeeds as a chillingly evocative portrait of both the bleak Devonshire landscape and the evil latent in mankind.

To get a feeling for the setting of the work, Edward Bawden, at the age of 82, spent several days on Bodmin Moor making preliminary sketches. Presented alongside the stylish Folio Collectables binding, Bawden’s black-and-white linocuts summon an undeniable mood of drama and encroaching darkness.

Bound in blocked cloth

Set in Garamond with Shifty Chica display

256 pages

Frontispiece and 5 black & white linocuts

Coloured page tops

Ribbon marker

9˝ x 5¾˝

Please note Folio Collectables are not slipcased

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