8 April 2003
DOYLE, Arthur Conan, Sir. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, 1892.
Small 4o. Numerous text illustrations. (Some pale spotting, a few gatherings becomming loose). Original gilt-decorated pictorial light blue cloth, gilt edges (light rubbing to spine ends and edges, hinges cracked).
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." 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; Queen's Quorum 16; De Waal 520; Green & Gibson A10a.
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