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    Vincent Starrett's Copy

    Arthur Conan Doyle. Through the Magic Door. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1907.

    First English edition. Signed by Vincent Starrett on the half-title page. Octavo. 274 pages plus six pages of ads. Portrait frontispiece plus fifteen black-and-white plates.

    Publisher's red cloth with gilt title and decorations. Housed in a custom quarter leather slipcase and chemise. Minor wear and dust-soiling to the boards. Corners bumped. Toning to front free endpaper, most likely from an insert, no longer present. Bookplate removed from front pastedown. A near fine copy of a wonderful collection Doyle wrote "to address the young man of from 17 to 22 who was asking for some guidance in literary matters."

    Green and Gibson B7a.


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    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.



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