First edition. Inscribed by the Author to the title page: “To W.B.M. A poor exchange against Mr. Raikes (who makes horribly for self psycho-analysis), but one of the four may find a mark. A Conan Doyle”. The recipient was the author and playwright William Babington Maxwell, who wrote the 1929 title “Himself and Mr. Raikes.”, which features a young man constantly at conflict with his own, darker side, portrayed as a separate character. Maxwell was a prolific novelist who enlisted to fight in the First World War and served in France at the age of 50. The book is firmly bound in red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and front board, the extremities are a little rubbed and bumped. The text block is slightly toned and spotted. Loosely retained inside the book are 4 publishers ads, 2 for the Sherlock Holmes Stories. The dust jacket is the original, it is slightly chipped and rubbed with fading to the spine and a few short closed tears. The book is preserved within a custom made solander box. An excellent association copy, lengthy inscriptions from Doyle being uncommon.