DOYLE, Arthur Conan

The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

London: George Newnes, 1891-3

Six bound large 8vo volumes in the standard Strand livery of blue and gilt. Boards a little scuffed and rubbed consistent with their age, with spines a little faded and worn at ends. Light internal foxing here and there. Plate in Vol. VI facing p. 111 detached but present, and pp. 115 and 213 detached but present. In all, a well preserved set.

First appearance of the Sherlock Holmes short stories comprising The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, first published in book form in October 1892, and those comprising The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, first published in book form in December 1893.

The March 1891 issue bound in Vol. I contains The Voice of Science by Conan Doyle, with illustrations by Walter S. Stacey. The Adventures sequence begins in the July issue of Vol. II with the story A Scandal in Bohemia, and continues through the next eleven monthly issues, a story in each issue, in the order in which they were first published in book form in October 1892. The Memoirs monthly sequence begins in the December 1892 issue with The Adventure of Silver Blaze,through to the appearance of The Adventure of the Final Problem in December 1893. Again, the stories appeared in the same order when they were first published in book form in late 1893 (with a printed publication date of 1894) -- but this time omitting the story The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, which had appeared in the January 1893 issue of The Strand. The story, the subject matter of which includes adultery, was withheld at Doyle's insistence as being unsuitable for a family readership who would be expecting altogether more wholesome fare, like murder.

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