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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Being a Reprint From the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.
As Edited by Nicholas Meyer
Publisher:  E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
Copyright:  1974

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution is a story unparalleled in the annals of criminal detection.  Discovered in Hampshire, England, where it had lain neglected since 1939, then painstakingly researched and annotated for two years by editor Nicholas Meyer, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution marks the first publication of a heretofore unknown and astounding episode in the career of Sherlock Holmes as recorded by his closest friend and chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson.

Even more remarkable than the historic discovery of Watson's typescript are the revelations it contains concerning the real identity of the heinous Professor Moriarty, the dark secret shared by Sherlock and brother Mycroft Holmes, and the detective's true whereabouts and activities during the Great Hiatus when the world believed him dead.

Most astounding of all, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution details the events that led to the meeting in Vienna of the world's two most brilliant investigators and their collaboration on a sensational case of diabolic conspiracy.

John Hamish Watson was born in England in 1847.  After a childhood spent abroad, he returned in 1872 and enrolled in the University of London Medical School, where he took his degree six years later.  After finishing the course at Netley prescribed for Army surgeons, he was attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers and sent to India.  Severely wounded by a Jezail bullet at the Battle of Maiwand during the Second Afghan War, in 1880, he returned to England, his health ruined, with no specific plans other than to live as best he could on his Army pension.  In January of the following year, quite by accident, he met Sherlock Holmes, who was then looking for someone to share his lodgings.  The ensuing friendship, which lasted until Holmes' death, found Watson his niche as the great detective's biographer through more than sixty cases.  In his spare time he resumed the practice of medicine.  In 1889 he married Mary Morstan.  He died in Britain in 1940.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover shows discoloration and a bit of edge wear.  Inside covers and pages are tanning from age.  The previous owner's name and date are written on the front endpaper.


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