London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1892. First edition. Original cloth over boards. Octavo. [i]-viii, -256 pages, 8 page publisher's catalogue. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine titles, top edge gilt. Prior owner bookplate on front pastedown, 1/4" split to cloth at head of spine. Binding shows minor extremity wear, slight browning to endpapers. Front endpaper shows some splitting along inner hinge, though holding soundly. Very good overall.
This Conan Doyle novel concerns alchemy and philanthropy. Raffles Haw has discovered the secret to turning lead into gold. After building himself a fine mansion he uses his boundless wealth to help those around him. He eventually becomes disillusioned as he discovers that although the money he shares does indeed improve the situations of those around him, it does not improve the people themselves.
Ref. GREEN & GIBSON, A9.