1894 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
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First Edition, Illustrated, Pleasing Copy, Publishers' Original Binding, Uncommon
The first edition of this work in book form. Originally, these twelve stories were printed in 'The Strand Magazine' from December 1892 to December 1893. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper, 'Mabel Ellis 6 Dec 21 1893'. Arthur Conan Doyle was determined for this collection to be the final Holmes stories, and Sherlock Holmes' death was written into 'The Final Problem'. However, following demand from the public he wrote 'The Hound of The Baskervilles' which is set prior to 'The Final Problem. Subsequently, a new series 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes' appeared. The short stories to this work include: "Silver Blaze", "The Yellow Face", " The Stockbroker's Clerk", " The Gloria Scott", "the Musgrave Ritual", "The Reigate Squire", "The Crooked Man", "The Resident Patient", "The Greek Interpreter", "The Naval Treaty" and "The Final Problem". A really bright copy of this work.
In the publisher's full cloth binding, with decorative boards and gilt to the spine. Externally, very smart with light bumping to the head and tail of spine. Gilt to the spine is fading. Small chip to the front endpaper at the top of the fore edge. Internally, firmly bound. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front blank. Pages are really bright. Occasional scattered light spots to pages, heavier to the endpapers.
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