London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited. 1901. First Edition (& 1st printing). Octavo, original blue cloth lettered, ruled and decorated in gilt. Pp. [1-9], 10-307,  printer's imprint;  pp. publisher's ads at rear, undated. Frontispiece with tissue guard and seven additional full-page plates by Finnemore throughout the text (8 plates, complete). Ink name & date (Xmas '03) on recto of frontispiece, another ink name (likely the same) clipped from upper edge of the front free endpaper. 13 copies only are held in institutional libraries, two of these copies (The Eaton Collection and Lilly Library copies) have only 6 plates, one is a reprint (likely a Ward, Lock paperback issue) from 1903 bound up with two other books. Endpapers browned, hairline cracks to inner hinges, cloth rubbed and worn at extremities, a very good, sound copy of a very scarce book. Item #313157
¶ A series of interconnected mystery stories, all originally serialized (as 'The Adventures of a Man of Science') in THE STRAND MAGAZINE in 1896-97. The title story was included in Hugh Greene's anthology 'The Further Rivals of Sherlock Holmes', London, 1973. Contents: The snake's eye -- Ought he to marry her? -- Lady Tregenna -- The sleeping sickness -- At the steps of the alter -- The panelled bedroom -- A race with the sun -- The man who smiled.
Price (USD): $450.00