Through the Magic Door. DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan.

Through the Magic Door.

London: Thomas Nelson n.d. [ca.1920]. Attractive early hardcover in original photographic dustwrapper. Crown octavo, pps.253; [1], imprint; [2], advertisements. Page edges a little toned, jacket toned to spine, chipped to crown, tail and folds, price label of 2/6 to upper. A charming survival. Through the Magic Door is Conan Doyle's casually eloquent, heartfelt tour of some of the cherished books on his own shelves. The battered old volumes purchased when to buy one meant going without a meal; the flawless stories which awakened an interest in becoming a writer; the classic biographies or histories which opened the past to an eager imagination: each book prompts an essay in appreciation, reflections both personal and literary. Thus as we gain insight into the mind of Holmes's creator, we also partake in bookish talk of the first order, reminded about works we've already read, guided enthusiastically to others that have eluded us. The jacket blurb advertises 'A fine manly book about great books and the importance of literature in life'. Item #41992

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