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    Vincent Starrett's Personal Copy

    Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, et al. The Fate of Fenella. New York: Cassell Publishing Company, [1892].

    First American edition. Signed "Vincent Starrett" on the flyleaf. Octavo. 319 pages. Numerous black-and-white illustrations.

    Publisher's yellow cloth with black titles and a diagonal paper inset depicting a newspaper article on the front cover. Housed in a custom quarter leather slipcase and chemise. Minor wear to the spine ends and corners. Very minor soiling to the boards. Text edges somewhat dust-soiled. A bright, tight, and sound copy in near fine condition.

    Contains Doyle's "Between Two Fires" on pp. 41-50.

    "The Fate of Fenella was the brain child of J. S. Wood, the editor and proprietor of the Gentlewoman. Each author wrote a chapter and passed it on to the next, so there was no collaboration in the usual sense" (Green and Gibson, A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle, p. 346).

    Vincent Starrett (1886-1974) was an author, book collector, bibliographer, and journalist based in Chicago. In addition to writing a regular column on the book world called "Books Alive" for The Chicago Tribune, he also wrote pulp fiction, mystery stories, and pastiches of and essays on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. In fact, Starrett was a founding member of the Baker Street Irregulars and co-founder of the group's Chicago chapter, and he continues to be acknowledged as a preeminent Sherlock Holmes scholar. His works of Sherlockiana include 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes and, most notably, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, first published in 1933 and still an absolutely essential work for any serious student of the Sherlock Holmes canon.

    Green and Gibson C1c.

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