London: John Murray, 1917. [Detective Fiction] LEATHER-BOUND FIRST EDITION, First Impression. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.viii; 305 . Recently re-bound in burgundy half morocco, with raised bands, gilt titles to spine, and matching cloth over boards. Top edge gilt, others trimmed. A lovely crisp, clean copy in an attractive new 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 #64043
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