London: John Murray, 1917. [Detective Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.viii, 305 . Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper cover. Contents clean, flyleaves browned, bookplate to pastedown. Binding remains tight, with some sunning to backstrip and gilt lettering oxidised as usual. A presentable example. Includes the title story, which appeared in 'The Strand' magazine in September 1917 with the subtitle 'Some War Experiences of Sherlock Holmes'; the covers bearing the tag-line 'Sherlock Holmes Outwits a German Spy'. Unlike most Holmes adventures the narration is in the third person rather than recounted by Dr. John Watson and the episode focuses on espionage and intrigue rather than mystery and detection. Due to its portrayal of British and German spies and its patriotic themes, the story is widely believed to have been conceived as a morale booster for the troops. Item #59557
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