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The Complete Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
A Facsimile of the Original 24 Stories from The Strand Magazine
by Arthur Conan Doyle
With all 187 original illustrations by Sidney Paget
Publisher:  Bramhall House
Copyright:  1975

The deerstalker cap and cape-backed overcoat.  The pipe.  The grace of gaslit Victoriana.  The clop clop of carriage and cobblestone.  The fog rolling in from England's imperial seas.  Baker Street.

Here is Sherlock Holmes in his original, classic setting:  the pages of The Strand Magazine, the stage from which he made his debut in 1891, and from which Arthur Conan Doyle chose to lay him to rest -- albeit temporarily -- in 1893.

These are the most beloved of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the ones written in the first flush of Arthur Conan Doyle's genius.  There are twenty-four stories here, and between "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem" there lie such masterpieces as "The Red-Headed League," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Five Orange Pips," "The Adventure of the Silver Blaze," and "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual."

This edition includes "The Cardboard Box," originally withheld from publication by Conan Doyle, who thought that he had perhaps gone too far in dealing with premarital sex.

The idea of writing a series of short stories around one centric character was a new one in England.  With success of the first Strand story, "A Scandal in Bohemia," Doyle was encouraged to write a series of six, for which he agreed to be paid an average of $175 each.  In a matter of days he had written the first series.  Sherlock Holmes burst into tremendous popularity, and Doyle raised his price to $250 a story.  He finished the next six in rapid time and wrote to his mother, "I think of slaying Holmes in the last and winding him up for good.  He takes my mind from better things."

The Strand continued to hound Conan Doyle for more about Holmes.  The offer of much greater amounts of money disturbed the spiritual side of Conan Doyle as much as did his overexposure to Holmes.  Doyle had found the perfect cliff from which to propel the detective, and did so in "The Final Problem."  The resulting public outcry shocked him.  Doyle was looked upon as an assassin; people wept; men wore mourning bands to their offices, and Doyle was called a brute by at least one outraged reader.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover shows light discoloration, a bit of edge wear.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the full title page.  There is penciled notations throughout the book.  Pages may be tanning from age.

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