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    Signed by Vincent Starrett

    Arthur Conan Doyle. The Gully of Bluemansdyke, and Other Stories. London: Walter Scott, Limited, [n.d., 1892].

    First English edition, second issue. Signed and dated 1930 by Vincent Starrett on the half-title page just under another previous owner's signature. Twelvemo. 249 pages plus six pages of ads.

    Publisher's wrappers. Housed in a custom quarter leather slipcase and chemise. Front cover halfway detached, dusty, and edge-worn. Spine partially perished, but title can still be read in full. Textblock edges dusty and toned. Internal contents clean. A very good copy despite the usual flaws of these "shilling thrillers."

    The first issue of the first English edition was titled Mysteries and Adventures.

    Green and Gibson A4b.


    More Information:

    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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