New York: McClure, Phillips and Co., 1905. [Literature] FIRST EDITION, predates first UK printing. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.vii; 381; , blank. With thirteen illustrations by Charles Raymond Macauley. Publisher's black cloth pictorially blocked in yellow and tan. A curious ASSOCIATION COPY, formerly belonging to the great Sherlockian authority Vincent Starrett, with his ownership signature to half-title and bearing his Holmes-themed bookplate to pastedown. Contents clean, joints started, binding handled, covers with some rubbing and flaking as usual, small nick from crown. Mystery and supernatural novelist Vincent Starrett [1886-1974] first wrote as a cub reporter for the Chicago Inter-Ocean in 1905. When the newspaper folded two years later, he joined the Chicago Daily News as a crime reporter, a feature writer and finally a war correspondent in Mexico from 1914 to 1915. Starrett turned to writing mystery and supernatural fiction for the pulp magazines and in 1920 wrote a Sherlock Holmes pastiche entitled 'The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet' which involved the great detective with a lost 1604 edition of Shakespeare's play, which included an inscription by the playwright. Starrett's most famous work, 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes', was published in 1933. He retired from The Chicago Tribune in 1965 where he had written a book column for 20 years. Starrett was a co-founder of the famous 'Baker Street Irregulars' which remains the primary Holmes appreciation society. Item #50865
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