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    The First Appearance of Every Sherlock Holmes Short Story

    Arthur Conan Doyle. A Complete Run of Every Sherlock Holmes Story Published in The Strand Magazine. London: George Newnes, 1891-1927. First edition, in the original monthly magazine issues. Complete with every story that comprises The Adventures, The Memoirs, The Return, His Last Bow and The Case-Book, as well as the serialized novels The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. Seventy-nine volumes. Octavo (9.625 x 6.5 inches; 245 x 165 mm.). Various paginations; numerous in-text and full-page illustrations for each story by Sidney Paget, Frank Wiles, Howard Elcock and others; illustrated plates inserted in earlier issues opposite the first page of the leading story. Sherlock Holmes opened an issue thirty-three times (prior to 1921, when plates were replaced with full-page illustrations), starting with issue no. 36 with "The Adventure of the Final Problem," featuring Paget's famous "The Death of Sherlock Holmes" illustration. Abundant advertisements. Publisher's side-stitched bindings, in original wrappers; early issues light blue printed in dark blue, by the time stories from His Last Bow resumed publication in 1911, covers were printed in red in blue, and by The Case-Book, wrappers were printed on smooth paper in full color (as were some earlier Christmas issues).

    General light routine wear, as expected for such fragile publications, about half of the issues have some minor creasing or short closed tears, two with slightly larger (but still unobtrusive) chips; approximately twenty-five issues with enough of the spine ends chipped to obscure printed text; about thirty issues with a gentle sloping of the spine (a little more severe in a couple issues in The Valley of Fear); many spines creased. About half of the issues with blue wrappers with faint fading or toning to the wrapper (usually just on the backstrip or margins, and rarely in excess); occasional foxing or soiling. It seems about thirty issues had some sort of repairs, often just reattaching parts of the backstrip or stabilizing joints by regluing the wrapper in the inner margin; maybe just four have significant restorative efforts, two discretely adding matching paper, one with a rather crudely repaired spine paper, one with a front wrapper supplied from another issue with the identifying print erased leaving bruises (the fifth installment of The Hound of the Baskervilles, number 132); one front wrapper detached but present (no. 129) and one rear wrapper lacking altogether (no. 36). Eighteen earlier issues with some sort of notation on the front wrapper, frequently 39 Lyd(ford) occasionally in tandem with a rubber stamp. Page edges foxed or soiled enough to note on about one-fifth of the issues; few interior paper flaws, mostly closed tears or bumped corners, only two ad leaves (in different issues) were noticed with chipping large enough to affect text; staples generally somewhat rusted, as usual, at times causing minor discoloration to leaves or wrappers. Very good overall. About as nice as one could reasonably expect to find, and far superior to the set we handled in April 2016 (Sale 6155, lot 45218). Housed together in eight matching custom clamshell cases (in blue and black).

    Contains every one of A. Conan Doyle's entries into the Sherlock Holmes canon except his first two publications, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. Further included are twenty-two additional issues of The Strand, containing alternative Doyle publications ("The British Campaign in France" and "Danger!"); features on Doyle ("A Day with Dr. Conan Doyle"); a work on Spiritualism (the positive argument in "The Dead Can Communicate with the Living?"); a feature on "Which Are the Best Sherlock Holmes Stories;" several with ads for upcoming Sherlock stories; and many other instances of miscellaneous Sherlockiana. Housed together in two custom clamshell cases, uniform with the Sherlock stories. Full checklist available online. From the collection of Bob Terry.

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    "But every writer owes something to Holmes. And every critic of The Novel who has a theory about the reality of characters in fiction, would do well to consider Holmes. There is no rich humanity, no deep and cunning psychology and knowledge of the human heart about him; he is obviously a formula. He has not the reality of any great character of Dickens or Thackeray or George Eliot or Meredith or Hardy; or Jane Austen or the Bront√ęs or Virginia Woolf or James Joyce: yet, as I suggested, he is just as real to us as Falstaff or the Wellers." (T. S. Eliot, "Sherlock Holmes and his Times," accessed online,

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    1891 July; Vol. 2, No. 7 - A Scandal in Bohemia
    1891 August; Vol. 2, No. 8 - The Red-Headed League
    1891 September; Vol. 2, No. 9 - A Case of Identity
    1891 October; Vol. 2, No. 10 - The Boscombe Valley Mystery
    1891 November; Vol. 2, No. 11 - The Five Orange Pips
    1891 December; Vol. 2, No. 12 - The Man with the Twisted Lip
    1892 January; Vol. 3, No. 13 - The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
    1892 February; Vol. 3, No. 14 - The Adventure of the Speckled Band
    1892 March; Vol. 3, No. 15 - The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
    1892 April; Vol. 3, No. 16 - The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
    1892 May; Vol. 3, No. 17 - The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
    1892 June; Vol. 3, No. 18 - The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
    1892 December; Vol. 4, No. 24 - The Adventure of Silver Blaze
    1893 February; Vol. 5, No. 26 - The Adventure of the Yellow Face
    1893 March; Vol. 5, No. 27 - The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk
    1893 April; Vol. 5, No. 28 - The Adventure of the Gloria Scott
    1893 May; Vol. 5, No. 29 - The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
    1893 June; Vol. 5, No. 30 - The Adventure of the Reigate Squire
    1893 July; Vol. 6, No. 31 - The Adventure of the Crooked Man
    1893 August; Vol. 6, No. 32 - The Adventure of the Resident Patient
    1893 Sept; Vol. 6, No. 33 - The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
    1893 October; Vol. 6, No. 34 - The Adventure of the Naval Treaty 1/2
    1893 Nov; Vol. 6, No. 35 - The Adventure of the Naval Treaty 2/2
    1893 December; Vol. 6, No. 36 - The Adventure of the Final Problem

    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    1901 August; Vol. 22, No. 128 - The Hound of the Baskervilles
    1901 Sept.; Vol. 22, No. 129
    1901 October; Vol. 22, No. 130
    1901 November; Vol. 22, No. 131
    1901 December; Vol. 22, No. 132
    1902 January; Vol. 23, No. 133
    1902 February; Vol. 23, No. 134
    1902 March; Vol. 23, No. 135
    1902 April; Vol. 23, No. 136

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes
    1903 October; Vol. 26, No. 154 - The Adventure of the Empty House
    1903 Nov; Vol. 26, No. 155 - The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
    1903 December; Vol. 26, No. 156 - The Adventure of the Dancing Men
    1904 January; Vol. 27, No. 157 - The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist
    1904 February; Vol. 27, No. 158 - The Adventure of the Priory School
    1904 March; Vol. 27, No. 159 - The Adventure of Black Peter
    1904 April; Vol. 27, No. 160 - The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
    1904 May; Vol. 27, No. 161 - The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
    1904 June; Vol. 27, No. 162 - The Adventure of the Three Students
    1904 July; Vol. 28, No. 163 - The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez
    1904 August; Vol. 28, No. 164 - The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
    1904 Sept.; Vol. 28, No. 165 - The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
    1904 December; Vol. 28, No. 168 - The Adventure of the Second Stain

    His Last Bow
    1893 January; Vol. 5, No. 25 - The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
    1908 Sept.; Vol. 36, No. 213 - A Reminiscence of Mr. Sherlock Holmes 1/2
    1908 October; Vol. 36, No. 214 - A Reminiscence of Mr. Sherlock Holmes 2/2
    1908 December; Vol. 36, No. 216 - The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
    1910 December; Vol. 40, No. 240 - The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
    1911 March; Vol. 41, No. 243 - The Adventure of the Red Circle 1/2
    1911 April; Vol. 41, No. 244 - The Adventure of the Red Circle 2/2
    1911 December; Vol. 42, No. 252 - The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
    1913 December; Vol. 46, No. 276 - The Adventure of the Dying Detective
    1917 September; Vol. 54, No. 321 - His Last Bow

    The Valley of Fear
    1914 September; Vol. 48, No. 285 - The Valley of Fear
    1914 October; Vol. 48, No. 286
    1914 November; Vol. 48, No. 287
    1914 December; Vol. 48, No. 288
    1915 January; Vol. 49, No. 289
    1915 February; Vol. 49, No. 290
    1915 March; Vol. 49, No. 291
    1915 April; Vol. 49, No. 292
    1915 May; Vol. 49, No. 293

    The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
    1921 October; Vol. 62, No. 370 - The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
    1922 February; Vol. 63, No. 374 - The Problem of Thor Bridge 1/2
    1922 March; Vol. 63, No. 375 - The Problem of Thor Bridge 2/2
    1923 March; Vol. 65, No. 387 - The Adventure of the Creeping Man
    1924 January; Vol. 67, No. 397 - The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
    1925 January; Vol. 69, No. 409 - The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
    1925 Feb; Vol. 69, No. 410 - The Adventure of the Illustrious Client 1/2
    1925 March; Vol. 69, No. 411 - The Adventure of the Illustrious Client 2/2
    1926 October; Vol. 72, No. 430 - The Adventure of the Three Gables
    1926 Nov; Vol. 72, No. 431 - The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
    1926 Dec; Vol. 72, No. 432 - The Adventure of the Lion's Mane
    1927 January; Vol. 73, No. 433 - The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
    1927 February; Vol. 73, No. 434 - The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
    1927 April; Vol. 73, No. 436 - The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place

    Miscellaneous Sherlockiana
    1892 August; Vol. 4, No. 20 - A Day with Dr. Conan Doyle
    1892 October; Vol. 4, No. 22
    1898 July; Vol. 16, No. 91 - The Story of the Man With the Watches
    1898 August; Vol. 16, No. 92 - The Story of the Lost Special
    1902 May; Vol. 23, No. 137
    1917 January; Vol. 53, No. 313 - The British Campaign in France
    1917 July; Vol. 54, No. 319 - Is Sir Oliver Lodge Right that the Dead Can Communicate with the Living?
    1917 December; Vol. 54, No. 324 - Some Personalia about Mr Sherlock Holmes
    1921 July; Vol. 62, No. 367 - Sherlock Holmes on the Film
    1921 September; Vol. 62, No. 369 - Ad for The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
    1922 April; Vol. 63, No. 376 - The Youth of Sherlock Holmes (Hayden Church)
    1903 September; Vol. 26, No. 153
    1914 July; Vol. 48, No. 283 - Danger
    1914 August; Vol. 48, No. 284
    1922 September; Vol. 64, No. 381 - Sherlock Holmes in Real Life
    1923 October; Vol. 66, No. 394 - The Story of My Life - Memories and Adventures
    1923 December; Vol. 66, No. 396 - Memories and Adventures
    1924 December; Vol. 68, No. 408 - How Our Novelists Write Their Books
    1926 September; Vol. 72, No. 429 - Ad for Sherlock Holmes Story
    1927 March; Vol. 73, No. 435 - Which Are the Best Sherlock Holmes Stories? A Novel Competition (two copies)
    1930 September; Vol. 80, No. 477 - The Passing of Arthur Conan Doyle
    1930 October; Vol. 80, No. 478 - Some Letters of Arthur Conan Doyle

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