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    Assortment of 16 Bound Volumes of The Strand Magazine from Between 1891-1903, Including the First Ever Strand Appearance of Sherlock Holmes! (London: George Newnes Ltd., 1891-1903), various paginations, most in dark green half-leather with embossed decorative boards and red leather title plates on spine, last two volumes in unmatched half-leather binding, 8vo (6.75" x 9.75"). The first volume of this wonderful assortment contains Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia", the very first appearance of Sherlock Holmes in the magazine that became synonymous with the great detective's name. Also included in this great volume of The Strand are five more wondrous Sherlock Holmes stories, all eventually collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. In fact, the first four volumes (all from The Adventures) and the last volume (from The Return of Sherlock Holmes) have Holmes stories in them. The last volume here includes the 1903 story "The Adventure of the Empty House", in which Doyle revealed to a Holmes-mad public that the wizard of Baker Street did not die at the Reichenbach Falls. In truth, Doyle had hoped to kill off his most successful literary creation, but the public would not stand for it. Doyle relented, and "The Adventure of the Empty House" is the first story of the second half of Sherlock Holmes' career. Accompanying the Holmes-Strand stories, as always, are Sidney Paget's amazing and seminal Holmes illustrations. In general, these bound volumes are in good condition. A number of them display some foxing, mainly at the beginning and end of the textblocks, and edge, corner, and spine wear. The spines on five of the volumes have varying degrees of separation at the hinges, with a couple completely separated. Still, this assortment of bound volumes offers a unique opportunity for the Holmes collector to acquire many of the original Strand stories as they were first presented to the public.

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