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A Study in Scarlet [A Sherlock Holmes Novel]. - DOYLE, [Sir] Arthur Conan (1859 - 1891. 
London: Ward, Lock, Bowden and Co., 1891.. SECOND ENGLISH EDITION, being the first fully-illustrated edition. Octavo., pp.224 + (24) catalogue. Printed on high quality paper. Bound in publisher's quarter scarlet cloth, gilt titles to spine, beige buckram boards titled in red, patterned end-papers, top edge gilt. With several black and white in-text and full-page illustrations. Moderate wear, age-toned to backstrip with some fraying at ends, boards are quite bright, text block a little shaken in the case, browning to endpapers. A very good copy, housed in a custom-made leather-spined clamshell box. The publication of 'A Study In Scarlet' is as follows; The first appearance was in Beeton's Christmas Annual, [November 1887] FIRST EDITION (in book form, with six line drawings) published July 1888 (reprinted March 1889). SECOND EDITION (with 40 illustrations) published December 1891. NB; Confusingly, the second edition has a printed leaf noting the edition as the 'Third Edition, Illustrated'. This is because the Beeton's Annual is listed as the first edition, thus the 'first' edition of 1888 becomes their 'Second edition' and the second becomes the 'third'. The bibliography as set out above is correct; the Beeton 'edition' being an appearance, and not the first edition in book form. The same rule applies to other Sherlockian titles such as 'The Sign of Four', (which first appeared in Lippincott's Monthly) and 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' (first appearing in the Strand Magazine).
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