DOYLE (ARTHUR CONAN) A Study in Scarlet... Containing also Two Original Plays for Home Performance [in Beeton's Christmas Annual. Twenty-Eighth Season], FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY

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Lot 67
DOYLE (ARTHUR CONAN)
A Study in Scarlet... Containing also Two Original Plays for Home Performance [in Beeton's Christmas Annual. Twenty-Eighth Season], FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY

Sold for £ 18,600 (US$ 23,128) inc. premium

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20 May 2008, 10:30 BST

Oxford

DOYLE (ARTHUR CONAN)
A Study in Scarlet... Containing also Two Original Plays for Home Performance [in Beeton's Christmas Annual. Twenty-Eighth Season], FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY, wood-engraved frontispiece and illustrations by D.H. Friston and W.M.R. Quick, title and contents leaf with advertisements on verso, some staining to pages 1 and 16/17, bookplate of George Arthur Hodgson, bound with 4 other Christmas special issues in contemporary half morocco, spine gilt (lettered "Christmas Annuals"), without original wrappers and advertisements, front hinge split, contents working loose [De Waal 416; Lilly, Detective Fiction 16], 8vo (207 x 130mm.), Ward, Lock & Co., [1887]

Footnotes

  • CONAN DOYLE INTRODUCES SHERLOCK HOLMES TO HIS READERS in the story first issued in Samuel Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887. "One of the rarest books of modern times--a keystone sought by discriminating collectors in every part of the world--flung like a bombshell into the field of detective fiction" (Vincent Starrett, in Lilly).

    The present copy is not one of the variants with the missing "I" before "fancy" on page 90, line 23, and is bound with four other works, all without general titles, comprising two London Society Christmas Numbers, "The Mistletoe Bough, edited by M.E. Braddon", and "The Seal of the Snake: A Secret in Seven Coils. By R.E. Francillon. Being Grant & Co.'s Christmas Number for 1887". See illustration at page 4.
DOYLE (ARTHUR CONAN) A Study in Scarlet... Containing also Two Original Plays for Home Performance [in Beeton's Christmas Annual. Twenty-Eighth Season], FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY
DOYLE (ARTHUR CONAN) A Study in Scarlet... Containing also Two Original Plays for Home Performance [in Beeton's Christmas Annual. Twenty-Eighth Season], FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY
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