London: John Murray, 1927. Item #04986
“Who knows, Watson? Woman's heart and mind are insoluble puzzles to the male.”
The Final Collection of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. London: John Murray, .
First edition of the final collection of Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Small octavo (7 3/8 x 4 13/16 inches; 187 x 123 mm.). 320 pp.
Publisher's red fine diaper-grain cloth with front cover ruled in blind and lettered in gilt and spine lettered in gilt. Spine faded and gilt dull. Free endpapers slightly browned from pastedown glue. Small stain at foot of pp. 256/257 and p. 309. Armorial bookplate of Guernsey on front free endpaper. Chemised in a quarter dark blue morocco clamshell case, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments. A good copy only - but nicely presented in a custom half morocco slipcase.
Contains twelve stories first published in the Strand Magazine between 1921 and 1927: “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client,” “The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier,” “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone,” “The Adventure of the Three Gables,” “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire,” “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs,” “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” “The Adventure of the Creeping Man,” “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane,” “The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger,” “The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place,” and “The Adventure of the Retired Colourman.”
It is notable for containing three stories not narrated by Dr. Watson. “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” is narrated in the third person, since it was adapted from a stage play in which Watson hardly appeared, and “The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier” and “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” are both narrated by Holmes himself, the latter being set after his retirement.
“The author had not intended to continue the Sherlock Holmes stories after ‘His Last Bow’; but, when he had finished The British Campaign in France and Flanders, he felt more kindly disposed towards the subject than ever before. He was particularly impressed by the Stoll films, which began production in November 1920 with Eille Norwood as Sherlock…There was a revival of interest in Sherlock Holmes when the films were released” (Green and Gibson, p. 203).
Green and Gibson A46a.