DOYLE, Sir A.C. | The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892, with The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 1894
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN
Two Sherlock Holmes first editions:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1892. 8vo, FIRST EDITION, with "violent" for "violet" on p. 317, half-title, original light blue cloth over beveled boards, cover and spine blocked and lettered in gilt and black, floral patterned endpapers, edges gilt, spotting, adhesive residue and splitting at endpaper hinges, rubbed;
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1894. 8vo, FIRST EDITION, half-title, frontispiece, original dark blue cloth, front board and spine lettered and blocked in black and gilt, floral patterned endpapers, all edges gilt, spotting, endpapers faded and toned with one leaf loose
FIRST EDITIONS IN CLOTH OF THE FIRST TWO COLLECTIONS OF THE SHERLOCK HOLMES STORIES BY DOYLE (12 in each volume), which had first appeared, to great popular acclaim, in The Strand Magazine. The Memoirs ends with "The Final Problem", in which Doyle intended to kill off his celebrated detective in an epic struggle with his arch enemy Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Reader demand however encouraged him to write another Holmes novel in 1901 (The Hound of the Baskervilles, set before "The Final Problem", see next lot); a year later Doyle resurrected his character in The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Green and Gibson A10.a; A14.a
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