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The Complete Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection) Hardcover – November 13, 2012

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best remembered for the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous fictional detective, though in his lifetime Doyle also penned essays, poems, short stories, science fiction, nonfiction, historical novels, political treatises, and lectures on Spiritualism.

It was in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion, Dr. John Watson, first appeared. Doyle eventually became weary of the stories, hugely popular with both British and American readers, and killed off Holmes in the 1893 short story “The Final Problem”—only to resurrect the character years later in The Hound of the Baskervilles. On July 7, 1930, Doyle died in England of heart failure. His stories of the very logical Sherlock Holmes, which so precisely reflect the latter part of nineteenth-century Victorian England, still capture the imaginations of readers today.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Heirloom Collection
  • Hardcover: 1884 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer; Box edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161218412X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184128
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 7.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When searching for a good copy I noticed two things from the reviews: (1) a lot of options didn't actually have the ENTIRE collection, (2) TOC and organization was poor in most options. Being the first to review this item, I'll offer my opinion. I hope this helps out anyone looking to purchase this book.

Bought on the Kindle Fire Hd. I have yet to read the entire book - this is just a review on the collection, TOC, and organization. However, from what I have read there were no errors. I'll update later when I actually finish the book.

From what I can tell, this option does in fact offer the entire collection and is set up in the following manner. The TOC does include links to individual short stories; I disregarded them here out of practicality.
Volume I
A Study In Scarlet (Part 1 and 2)
(Mr. Sherlock Holmes, The Science of Deduction, The Lauriston Garden Mystery, ect.)
The Sign of Four
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Volume II
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Volume III
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Valley of Fear (Part 1 and 2)
Volume IIII
His Last Bow
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

The TOC works perfectly fine. It may be a little confusing for some though. I'd recommend you take a look at "peak inside" option Amazon offers if you're a bit confused. There's really no difference between any other Kindle books I've bought. There are actually two TOC's - one displaying volumes and the other for content within the volumes. The "Volumes" TOC is located right being the cover (Loc 2). The Volume TOC will link you to individual volumes; then there will be a TOC for the volume itself.
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Format: Hardcover
Sherlock Holmes is one enduring character, written with the analytical reader in mind, with Conan Doyle presenting the logic and the reasoning as detailed as the story itself.

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).
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This is the way ebooks should be designed! Not only is the a complete collection of Holmes fiction, it is presented with generous illustrations throughout. And best and most important of all, you can locate anything you wish to read or review quickly and simply. Most other similar Holmes ebook compendium collections are terribly designed with little or no illustrative material, and worst of all they load with terrible delays, and often inaccurately. This book, unlike many other classic ebbooks, was put together with care and grace. My favorite edition of Sherlock Holmes in ebook format.
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Format: Hardcover
If you're a Holmes fan, this book will make a great addition to your collection: it reproduces the original illustrations created by Sydney Paget for the stories in Strand Magazine. (But it's not the "complete" Sherlock Holmes -- some of the stories were published elsewhere.) Paget was originally a fashion illustrator, hired by mistake for his brother Walter who specialized in adventure stories -- but the Holmes tales brought out the best in Sydney. While some of the pictures are merely dutiful scene-setting, others are exciting enhancements of the story (cf. the Hound of the Baskervilles!). In any case, the pictures are a good corrective for the cartoonish Holmes and Watson depicted in dozens of Hollywood epics: they're a pair of active, well-dressed young men, not the scarecrow and his doddering sidekick. (The TV series with Jeremy Brett got this right, although it made a botch of some of the plots.) And I enjoyed the glimpses they give you into the world of Victorian society -- the interiors of elegant living rooms and hansom cabs, ladies' at-home dresses, tea-trays and decanters. At this price, you can't afford to pass it up!
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