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The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes Hardcover – 1976
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This particular edition, is the perfect one. Comfortably large size, easy on the eyes, hardbound is elegant and somehow I found it very easy to position it anyways I wanted, whether I was sitting upright with the book on the desk, or when in travel with the book on my lap, lying on my side with the book on the left. I thought this is important to mention , now ofcourse to the content..
The higlight of this edition is the illustration collection by Sydney Paget, as they appeared when it was first published. It is significant to read the stories with Sydney Paget's illustrations, since Sydney Paget practically defined the way Sherlock Holmes appeared. though Conan Doyle's descriptins can lead one to visualize Holmes, it was Sydney who set it on paper. and the fact that he was working along with Conan Doyle, brings in the authenticity and approval of the visual representation of the stories. Sydney Paget ofcourse is a master illustrator, with fascinating black and white illustrations capturing all the drama in the stories.
The book contains,
37 short stories and a complete novel from The Strand Magazine. With all 356 original illustrations by Sidney Paget.
Stories included are
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, published in The Strand between July, 1891 and December, 1892 (12 stories);
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Published in The Strand as additional episodes between December, 1892 and November, 1893 (12 stories);
The Hound of the Baskervilles, published in The Strand between August, 1901 and April, 1902; and
The Return of Sherlock Holmes, published in The Strand between October, 1903 and January, 1905 (13 stories).
But, it is not the 'complete' canon of Sherlock Holmes, though. It has what was printed in "The Strand", which is: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, & "The Hound of the Baskervilles" as they were originally presented. But, it is missing: His Last Bow, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, "A Study in Scarlet", "The Sign of the Four", & "The Valley of Fear". These texts are missing (for a good reason), because there were not printed in "The Strand".
Just fair warning, there are still more Sherlock Holmes mysteries out there...
Shortly thereafter, I purchased what purported to be the 'only complete Sherlock Holmes available', compiled by Christopher Morley. This became my favourite book. But, alas, neither of these volumes was illustrated.
The original stories, which appeared in The Strand magazine, were illustrated, by the great illustrator Sidney Paget. Actually, careful research (which Holmes himself would insist upon) will reveal that Paget was not the first illustrator; however, it is not able to be determined conclusively how many artists preceding Paget. It is know that the first publication of A Study in Scarlet, in which Holmes and Watson are first introduced, was illustrated by on D.H. Friston. These illustrations would appall the Holmesian set today.
The next edition after the barely-received Beeton's Christmas Annual edition, was in book form, and apparently illustrated by Arthur Conan Doyle's father, Charles.
The next illustration was in The Sign of Four, appearing in Lippincott's Magazine, which showed a scene in India, but did not have one of Holmes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my 11 year old great-grandson. Hope he likes Holmes as much as I do.Published 9 days ago by John Hanley
This book is amazing!! It is not the entire Holmes collection, but has all the stories printed in the Strand Magazine from 1891-1905. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. Carter
A well bound book that with care, will last a very long time..The book folds open so you don't have to read between creases. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David
Beautiful illustrations, small print though.
Cover is hardback but with paper-like surface, don't get it wet!
If you are buying this book to have the Sherlock Holmes stories that were printed in the "Strand," then this is a great buy at $8.00. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Y. Park
I just got into Sherlock Holmes last year, read this book from the library and have since read all of Doyle's works. He is Columbo minus the bumbling, first rate indeed!Published 6 months ago by JEFF HECK