London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1908. [Sherlock Holmes Short Stories] NEW EDITION, VARIANT BINDING. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp.; 403; . Illustrated with a frontispiece and fifteen further plates by Paget. Publisher's blue cloth, simply titled in gilt to spine and upper. Usually seen in the publisher's red cloth, this is the less common blue cloth variant. Offsetting to endpapers, with some light occasional spotting. A blank label laid over pastedown. Shaken and quite heavily thumbed. Heavy rubbing to cloth. Good. The Great Detective returns after the infamous events at the Richenbach 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. First published by George Newnes in 1905, the remaining unbound sheets were sold to Smith, Elder and Co., who issued an edition in 1907, followed by this new edition. Item #53769
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