DOYLE, Arthur Conan, Sir. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, 1892. Small 4o. (Two short marginal tears, some pale spotting.) Numerous text illustrations. Original gilt-decorated pictorial light blue cloth, gilt edges (extremities worn, some darkening and spotting); slipcase. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, with the earlier grey floral endpapers, the blank street sign on the cover, and the suggestive misprint Miss "Violent" Hunter for "Violet" in the final sentence of "The Copper Beeches."

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DOYLE, Arthur Conan, Sir. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, 1892. Small 4o. (Two short marginal tears, some pale spotting.) Numerous text illustrations. Original gilt-decorated pictorial light blue cloth, gilt edges (extremities worn, some darkening and spotting); slipcase. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, with the earlier grey floral endpapers, the blank street sign on the cover, and the suggestive misprint Miss "Violent" Hunter for "Violet" in the final sentence of "The Copper Beeches."

[With]: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, 1894. Small 4o. Frontispiece, numerous text illustrations. Original gilt-decorated pictorial light blue cloth, gilt edges (light wear to extremities, hinges tender); slipcase. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories published. It followed closely upon the phenomenal success of the series in the Strand Magazine: "Rarely has a character so quickly established itself on the popular imagination as did Sherlock Holmes in the latter half of 1891" (Green & Gibson). And rarely has a character proved so long-lived in that imagination, despite Doyle's threatening to kill him off as early as 1893. Locke 35 and 40; Queen's Quorum 16; De Waal 520 and 596; Green & Gibson A10a and A14a. (2)
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