1985 The Story of Mr George Edalji
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First Edition, Illustrated, Limited Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
The first edition published in book form, one of one thousand copies, twenty five of which are numbered and signed by the author. This volume is out of series and unnumbered.
A fascinating volume comprising Arthur Conan Doyle's defence of Mr George Edalji, originally published for The Daily Telegraph. Edited with an introduction by Richard and Molly Whittington-Egan.
George Edalji was an English solicitor and son of a vicar of Great Wyrley. In 1903, he became infamous for being convicted for the 'Great Wyrley Outrages,' for mutilation of a horse and writing a series of malicious letters in the parish of Great Wyrley to his own family. His father worked tirelessly to ensure his son's innocence, and suddenly he was released in 1906 with no explanation.
The case against hims was weak, and as Edalji tried to clear his name after prison, he gained the help of the famous British author Arthur Conan Doyle, who shared many traits with his character Sherlock Holmes. He investigated the case and campaigned against his conviction, as well as writing two articles for The Daily Telegraph. This volume contains his interesting summary of the case and essays.
The case became notorious in the country and helped shape public opinion on the issues within the British justice system.
Richard Lancelyn Green said "The Edalji pamphlet is one of the rarest and most interesting of Conan Doyle's works. A new edition which reprints his original summary of the case and his subsequent essays, while also bringing before the publicly for the first time his statement of the case against Royden Sharp, is indeed to be welcomed."#
With the original, unclipped dustwrapper.
In the original publisher's leatherette binding. Externally lovely with only minor shelfwear. The dustwrapper is unclipped and excellent with only minor shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. The pages are extremely bright and clean. With illustrations in text throughout.
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