9 June 2004
DOYLE, Arthur Conan, Sir (1859-1930). The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. London: [Printed by the Gresham Press for] George Newnes, 1892. Small 4o (235 x 155 mm). Illustrations in text by Sidney Paget. (Some occasional very pale spotting.) Original light-blue gilt-decorated pictorial cloth over heavy bevelled boards, edges gilt (extremely minor rubbing to ends of spine and corners, otherwise very crisp and bright); red quarter morocco slipcase. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE, 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" (p.317).
[With:] The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1894. Small 4o (235 x 155 mm). Frontispiece of the Death of Holmes at Reichenbach Falls and numerous illustrations in text by Sidney Paget. (Some occasional very pale spotting.) Original blue gilt-decorated pictorial cloth over heavy bevelled boards, edges gilt (very minor rubbing to ends of spine and corners, otherwise very crisp and bright); matching red quarter morocco slipcase. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM.
TWO EXTREMELY FINE COPIES OF THE QUINTESSENTIAL HOLMES STORIES. 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. EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS FINE CONDITION. (2)
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