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Contribute [to THE STRAND MAGAZINE]; The - DOYLE, Arthur Conan; VERNE, Jules; MO - 1891. 
London: George Newnes, 1891-1895.. Large octavo, with illustrations. 10 volumes. Original magazine parts bound in half-yearly volumes of morocco-backed pebble-grained cloth, with full gilt backs, marb;ed edges and coloured endpapers. Some light occasional thumbing and marking within; bindings a little rubbed, minor wear to endcaps. An attractive copy in a pleasing vintage leather binding. Contains the first appearance of all the above mentioned Sherlock Holmes stories, plus 'The Adventure of the Cardboard Box' (vol.5, 1893) which was not published in book form until 'His Last Bow' (1917). Several of these Holmes stories feature far more illustrations (notably by Sidney Paget) than in book form, and in some (such as 'Cardboard Box ') the illustrations are exclusive to 'The Strand'. Doyle also contributes the historical caper 'The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard' (vol. 8,9,10). The set also includes science fiction from Jules Verne; 'Dr Trifulgas' (vol 4, 1893), and 'An Express of the Future (vol 10, 1895). Volumes 7-8 feature the entire first series of cases for the consulting detective Martin Hewitt; probably the chief rival of Sherlock Holmes- indeed Morrison's ingenious crime stories were commissioned by 'The Strand' entirely due to an appetite for Doyle imitations. A superb literary magazine.
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