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DOYLE, Arthur Conan.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

London: George Newnes, 1892 Stock Code: 137488
£85,000.00
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The first Sherlock Holmes collection, inscribed by the author

First edition, first issue, of the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, inscribed by the author on the title page: "Yours truly A. Conan Doyle March 16/15". Signed first editions are a great rarity in commerce, and are noticeably absent from most of the great collections of detective fiction and English literature.

In 1915 Doyle embarked on a lecture tour to boost morale, beginning at Tunbridge Wells on 20 February and continuing until mid-May. On 16 March, the date this copy was inscribed, Doyle gave his lecture on "The Great Battles of the War" in Sunderland at the Victoria Hall. "The VTC, or Home Guard or Civil Guard, as it had been also known, was started by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle shortly after the commencement of the war and quickly spread throughout the country... By April 1915, the government was starting to organise nationally the various corps into the Volunteer Training Corps (VTC), the first battalion of which was affiliated in Sunderland in November 1914" (Dunn, p. 44).

The first issue is distinguished by the misprint "Miss Violent Hunter" on page 317, and the blank street sign in the vignette to the front cover.

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Description

Quarto. Original pale blue cloth, titles to spine and front cover gilt, pale grey patterned endpapers, edges gilt. Housed in a custom black quarter morocco solander case.

Illustrations

Illustrated throughout the text by Sydney Paget.

Condition

Early ownership signature on half-title. Light shelfwear at extremities and minor foxing to contents; typically encountered in repaired condition, this is an excellent, firm copy.

Bibliography

Green & Gibson A10. Clive & Gillian Dunn, Sunderland in the Great War, Pen & Sword Military, 2014. Brian W. Pugh, A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, MX Publishing Ltd, 2018.

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