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1905. Illustrated by Sidney Paget. In: The Strand Magazine, Vols XXVI, XXVII & XXVIII [3 volumes]. London: George Newnes, 1903-1904. Original light blue cloth decorated in black and gilt. First English Appearances of these thirteen further adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle had killed off Holmes at Reichenbach Falls in 1893 (in "The Final Problem"), and for a decade resisted everyone's pleas to bring him back (THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, published in 1902, was written as a "posthumous memoir," and thus avoided Holmes's resurrection). However, in 1903 Doyle could not resist Collier's Magazine's offer from America of $45,000 for thirteen tales -- replying on a postcard simply "Very well. A.C.D.". Thus the first of these cases, "The Adventure of the Empty House," published in Collier's in September 1903 and in The Strand a month later, officially brought Holmes back from the supposed dead. Also included in this collection are some of the best-loved Holmes adventures, such as those of "The Dancing Men," "The Solitary Cyclist," "The Six Napoleons," "The Abbey Grange" and "The Second Stain."~The thirteen cases, each with a full-page frontispiece and several smaller illustrations by Sidney Paget, appeared monthly in The Strand issues of October 1903 through September 1904 plus the last in December 1904 (these three six-month volumes contain the monthly issues July 1903 through December 1904). They then were published in book form in 1905 -- by McClure Phillips in February and by George Newnes (of The Strand) in March.~The three volumes are in near-fine condition: the spines are slightly darkened but there is very little external soil or wear, and remarkably the original endpapers of these hefty volumes remain intact. See Green & Gibson A29.
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