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
Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
To view shipping calculator, please click here
Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.