A few hours of examining the book would yield the following:
- The thing is old, and most probably is an original printing, from the 1890s, albeit not one for distribution, as it’s missing the publisher info and in some places it looks a little rough and mis-aligned. It looks like a single sample copy.
- The annotations are in different colors and are clearly of different ages – 3 or 4 – and in different scripts. A little examination with various light sources and research online points to some being several decades old; some a few decades; and some quite recent. Spelling conventions and script style seem to support these conclusions.
- As stated, when the book is compared agains Doyle’s old printing it’s longer, and after leafing through it with an eye for what’s different, there are definitely sections of text that are in this copy and not the broadly-available version.
Ask anything you’d like about the book itself, given what you could reasonably figure out by looking at it for a few hours and doing some online research from your safe house. Please indicate which Investigative ability(s) you’re using, too.
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