The First Two Sherlock Holmes BooksArthur Conan Doyle. First Editions of the First Two Sherlock Holmes Books, including: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1892. First edition, first issue with misprint of "Violent Hunter" for "Violet Hunter" on page 317, line 23. Large octavo. 317 pages. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. First state binding with no name on the street sign in the front cover illustration. All edges gilt. Floral endpapers. Minor soiling and edge wear to boards; wear to very tips of corners. Front hinge cracked. Occasional foxing. Ink gift inscription dated 1893; ink name to title page. Very good. [and:] The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1894. First edition. Large octavo. 279 pages. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. Dark blue illustrated cloth over beveled boards with titles and illustration in gilt and black. All edges gilt. Floral endpapers. Binding slightly cocked. Wear to extremities; dampstain to rear board. Very good.
"The initial twelve tales were collected between covers as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, published in England and America in 1892; and eleven of the second twelve [...] as The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1894. If any reader be prepared to name two other books that have given more innocent but solid pleasure, let him speak now -- or hold his peace!" (Haycraft 50).
DeWaal 520 & 596. Green and Gibson, A10a and A14a. Haycraft 50.
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