London: George Newnes Limited, 1891. Item #04990
"By the way, Doctor, I shall want your cooperation…"
(A Scandal in Bohemia - the very first appearance of Sherlock Holmes)
“I am somewhat exhausted;
I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non conductor?”
(The Adventures of the Dying Detective - the forty-sixth appearance of Sherlock Holmes)
The Original Appearances of the First Forty-Six Sherlock Holmes Stories
[DOYLE, Arthur Conan]. The Strand Magazine. Volume I, No. 1 (January 1891)- Volume XLVIII, July-December 1913. London: George Newnes, 1891-1913.
First edition. Forty-eight octavo volumes (9 3/16 x 6 3/8 inches; 234 x 162 mm.). Woodcut illustrations throughout. Text in double columns.
The first twenty-one volumes in light blue cloth over beveled boards. Front covers pictorially stamped and lettered in black. Spines decoratively stamped and lettered in black and gilt. Plain gray endpapers in Volumes I-XX. Plain endpapers in Volume XXI. A fine run of the first twenty-one volumes of The Strand Magazine, which shows very well- the gilt nice and bright.
The first eighteen volumes of The Strand Magazine, contain the first appearances of the first twenty-six Sherlock Holmes stories that were subsequently collected in book form in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Volumes II-VI). Also includes Doyle’s Rodney Stone (Volumes XI-XII), The Tragedy of the Korosko (Volumes XIII-XIV), Round the Fire Stories (Volumes XV-XVIII), and Exploits and Adventures of Gerard (Volumes VIII-X).
Volumes XXII-XLVIII in varying bindings of original blue cloth; contemporary maroon & red cloth; and contemporary quarter & half morocco bindings. The bindings are in varying condition from near fine to good - all are sound.
Volumes XXII-XXIII (July 1901-June 1902) contain the first appearance of The Hound of the Baskervilles. (the twenty-seventh Sherlock Holmes story). Volume XXVI-XXVIII (July 1903- December 1904) contain the first appearance of the twenty-eighth to the fortieth Sherlock Holmes stories which were published as The Return of Sherlock Holmes in 1905. Volume XXXVI-XLVI (July 1908-December 1911) contain the first appearance of the forty-first to the forty-sixth Sherlock Holmes stories which were published as His Last Bow in 1917.
“For sixty years (1891-1950) The Strand Magazine was a popular source for the best in fiction, featuring the works of some of the greatest authors of the 20th century including Graham Greene, Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling, G.K.Chesterton, Leo Tolstoy, Georges Simenon and, of course, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Founded by George Newnes in 1890 and edited by H Greenhough Smith from 1891 to 1930, the Strand aimed at a mass market family readership. The content was a mixture of factual articles, short stories and serials most of which were illustrated to some extent. Despite expense and production difficulties, Newnes aimed at having a picture on every page - a valuable selling point at a time when the arts of photography and process engraving were in their infancy…When the first Sherlock Holmes short story— ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’—was published in the July 1891 issue of the Strand Magazine, circulation rose immediately. Arthur Conan Doyle had already published two full-length Holmes stories, A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four, neither approaching the success of the short stories which were to follow. Indeed, when The Sign of Four was published in book form in 1890, the Athenaeum commented that ‘Dr Doyle’s admirers will read the little volume through eagerly enough, but they will hardly care to take it up again’. However, within two years, the combination of Sherlock Holmes and the Strand had made Conan Doyle one of the most popular authors of the age. Fifty-six Holmes stories appeared in the magazine from 1891 to 1927, many of them illustrated by Sidney Paget’s now famous drawings…Conan Doyle was to prove one of the Strand’s most popular (and prolific) contributors. From mid-1891 until his death in 1930, there was scarcely an issue which did not contain at least one of his stories or articles. The serialisation of The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902 was estimated to have increased the magazine’s circulation by 30,000—with Conan Doyle being paid £480-£620 per episode. The Strand also published Conan Doyle’s historical fiction such as Rodney Stone and The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard. An illustrated interview with him in 1892 included a postscript by Conan Doyle’s former teacher, Joseph Bell, the supposed ‘original’ Sherlock Holmes” (Chris Willis, “The History of the Strand,” at http://www.strandmag.com/hist.htm).
*** The following volumes are present and can be included free of charge:
LXIII original cloth, excellent
LXIV original cloth, water stain on lower corners of cover
LXVI original cloth, excellent
LXVII original cloth, excellent
LXVIII original cloth, water stain on lower corners of cover
LXIX original cloth, spine faded
LXX original cloth, spine faded
LXXII original cloth, excellent
LXXIII covers badly stained
LXXXIV (July-Dec 1932) original cloth, excellent.