London: John Murray, 1917. [Detective Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.viii, 305; , imprint; ; advertisements. Elegantly hand-bound in half red oasis morocco over matching cloth sides, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, original gilt-stamped cloth bound in at rear. Contents clean, page edges toned, exterior as new. A very good copy in a handsome recent leather binding. 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 #60118
Green and Gibson [A40a].
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