DescriptionArthur Conan Doyle. The Parasite. A Story. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1895. First American edition. Vincent Starrett's copy with his signature. Publisher's gray cloth. Near fine.
With Vincent Starrett's signature on the flyleaf. Octavo. 143 pages plus eight pages of ads. Illustrated by Howard Pyle. Publisher's gray cloth with bright gilt titles and ornaments. Housed in a custom quarter leather slipcase and chemise. Minor shelf wear. Spine slightly cocked. Unobtrusive pencil notations on the rear pastedown, most likely by Starrett. A near fine copy of Doyle from the library of Vincent Starrett, one of the greatest Sherlockians of his or any time. Green and Gibson A17b.
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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