London: George Newnes, January 1891 to December 1895. [Literary Magazine] FIRST APPEARANCES. 10 volumes. Large octavo (24 x 18 x 43cm). Illustrated throughout. Original magazine parts bound in half-yearly volumes. Recent tan half calf with raised bands, gilt titles to spines and marbled boards. All edges speckled brown. Occasional spotting; very good. Contains the first appearance of the above mentioned Sherlock Holmes stories, plus 'The Adventure of the Cardboard Box' (volume V, 1893) which was not published in book form until 'His Last Bow' (1917). Several of these Holmes stories feature far more illustrations (notably by Sidney Paget) than in book form, and in some (such as 'Cardboard Box ') the illustrations are exclusive to 'The Strand'. Doyle also contributes the historical caper 'The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard' (volumes VIII, IX and X). In addition, the set includes science fiction from Jules Verne; 'Dr Trifulgas' (volume IV, 1893), and 'An Express of the Future' (volume X, 1895). Volumes VII-VIII feature the entire first series of cases for the consulting detective Martin Hewitt; probably the chief rival of Sherlock Holmes- indeed Morrison's ingenious crime stories were commissioned by 'The Strand' entirely due to an appetite for Doyle imitations. A superb literary magazine set. Item #51476
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