22 June 2012
DOYLE, Arthur Conan, Sir (1859-1930). The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. London: [Printed by the Gresham Press for] George Newnes, 1892. Small 4o. Illustrations in text by Sidney Paget. Modern blue calf, original light-blue gilt-decorated pictorial cloth bound in at end. FIRST EDITION, with no name on street sign on the cover, and the suggestive misprint Miss "Violent" Hunter for "Violet" in the final sentence of "The Copper Beeches" (p.317).
[With:] The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1894. Small 4o. Frontispiece of the Death of Holmes at Reichenbach Falls and numerous illustrations in text by Sidney Paget. Modern blue calf, original dark blue gilt-decorated pictorial cloth bound in at end. FIRST EDITION
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was the first collection of Holmes stories to be published, following 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). Locke 35 and 40; Queen's Quorum 16; De Waal 520 and 596; Green & Gibson A10a and A14a.
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