The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
DOYLE, Arthur Conan (1859-1930). The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1894 [1893].

First edition of the second collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Although the title gives 1894 as the year of publication, it was actually published in December 1893, the same month that the final story in the collection appeared in the Strand magazine. Doyle intended these to be the last Holmes stories, culminating in the death of the detective in ‘The Final Problem’. However, his readership demanded more from the case-book of Holmes and so, in 1902, the author published The Hound of the Baskervilles which was set before his hero’s apparent death. Green & Gibson A14a.

Octavo. Frontispiece of the Death of Holmes at Reichenbach Falls and numerous illustrations in text by Sidney Paget. Original dark blue cloth over heavy bevelled boards, lettered and decorated on spine and upper board in gilt and black, edges gilt, peacock-feather endpapers (faint wear at spine ends, splitting at hinges); custom black cloth chemise and quarter morocco slipcase.

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