The First Sherlock Holmes Story Published in America

    Arthur Conan Doyle. "The Sign of Four; or The Problem of the Sholtos" in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1890.

    First edition in America. Octavo. Bound Volume XLV, January to June, 1890, story contained on pages 145-223 of the February, 1890 issue. One illustration used as frontispiece.

    Half brown leather over maroon buckram with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Trivial shelf wear to the corners, slight foxing to fore edges, else a solid copy in near fine condition.

    This is the first appearance of the second Sherlock Holmes story in America. In the summer of 1889, Lippincott's agent met Doyle and Oscar Wilde at a dinner at the Langham Hotel and contracted with each for their next novels. Wilde's was The Picture of Dorian Gray, published in July, 1890. Doyle's "The Sign of Four". The first English edition was issued later in 1890, and an American piracy was issued in 1891.

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