London: George Newnes Ltd., 1892. First edition. Original blue publisher's cloth binding stamped in gilt and black. All edges gilt. A lovely copy with the lightest wear at spine extremities and a tiny nick to the bottom edge of the front board. Front and rear hinges just starting, but unrestored. With all first edition points including blank sign on the front board, and "Miss Violent" uncorrected on page 317. In all, a much brighter copy than typically found.
Containing the earliest twelve stories in a series that would make author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his investigator character infamous. Told from the perspective of Sherlock Holmes' loyal side-kick Mr. Watson, the stories fit within the field of Victorian literature that used fiction to comment on social injustice. Relying unflappably on logic to uncover the truth at the base of each case he confronts, Sherlock Holmes encourages readers to think past their own biases and prejudices when assigning guilt and blame. Notably, Doyle himself had studied medicine and drew on his own experience in the sciences when writing his stories. The result was lasting. Today, Sherlock Holmes continues to be quoted and referenced, reimagined on television and in film. Near Fine (Item #4066)