London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1905. [Detective mysteries] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.; 403; ;  publisher's advertisements. Publisher's blue cloth, simply titled in gilt to spine and upper. Illustrated with a frontispiece and fifteen further plates by Paget. Neat ownership to title page, faint trace of erased pencil annotation to same and to half title, some neat pencil notes to the blank space at the bottom of the final page of text and on the following blank. Some toning to endpapers and to top edge. Cloth very lightly rubbed to corners and joints, spine ends a little pushed. Overall an excellent, fresh example. Fine. The Great Detective returns after the infamous events at the Reichenbach Falls, in a collection of thirteen stories, among them some of the most interesting in the whole series - 'The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton' is a good example (which Doyle first called 'The Adventure of the Worst Man in London'). Four of the stories ('The Empty House', 'The Dancing Men', 'The Priory School' and 'The Second Stain'), were listed by Doyle in 1927 as being among his favourite Holmes episodes. Item #52338
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