The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
London, George Newnes Limited, 1894
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories originally published serially in The Strand Magazine from December 1892 to December 1893 as The Adventures number 13 to 24. It was first published in book form in late 1893 with 1894 date. Doyle determined that these would be the last Holmes stories, and intended to kill off the character in 'The Final Problem' (originally published under the subheading 'XXIV.—The Adventure of the Final Problem'). However, reader demand stimulated him to write another Holmes novel in 1901-1902, The Hound of the Baskervilles, set before 'The Final Problem'. The following year a new series, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, began with the aftermath of 'The Final Problem', in which it is revealed that Holmes actually survived.
First edition, first impression; 8vo; black-and-white illustrations by Sidney Paget, including frontispiece, scattered light foxing, otherwise unmarked internally, patterned endpapers; publisher's blue cloth, gilt and black text to upper board and spine, Strand Library device on upper board, all edges gilt, extremities rubbed, hinges cracked but holding, overall a very good copy; 279pp.
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