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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Other Stories Leather Bound – Oct 19 2011
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Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 - 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.
Michael A. Cramer, PhD, is a writer, an actor, and a filmmaker, who teaches communications at City College of New York and at Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is the author of A Confederacy of Whores: Media and Politics in George W. Bush's America and Medieval Fantasy as Performance: The Society for Creative Anachronism and the Current Middle Ages, as well as numerous articles, short stories, screenplays and chap-books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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I just thought it would be worth mentioning that the cameo image on the cover is a sticker and is not actually embossed on the book. I own four other books from this Canterbury Classics collection and they are all beautiful editions with embossed artwork on the cover, so I was a bit disappointed to see that this one wasn't on par with the others even though the artwork on this book is very simple in comparison to the rest - some of which even have foiling and more detail. These aren't the types of books made for toting around as it is "delicate" and too large to carry comfortably in hand or in a bag, so I'm not too worried about the sticker coming off as the book sits in a bookcase with my other CC books when I'm not reading it. The sticker does seem thick and hasn't peeled even though I bought a used copy and have had it for a few months. I noticed that it was a sticker because it wasn't perfectly aligned and upon closer inspection, the edges of the sticker were noticeable. Like I said, I'm not too bothered by it anymore but perhaps others may be. With that said, the quality of the book is nice overall. The spine and binding feel solid and feels like it will hold up well even with heavy use, as long as the book isn't abused of course.
As I mentioned before, the artwork on this book isn't very impressive in terms of quality and design, but I chose this edition because I simply wanted it to fit in with my other CC books. If the sticker bothers you, you find the artwork too bland, or you just aren't anal about collections and aligning your books perfectly on a shelf, there are much nicer-looking editions from other collections. I believe Barnes & Noble has a Sherlock Holmes book (I could be wrong). I have three books from the B&N collections and they are very pretty too. However, the quality isn't AS good. The corners of the B&N books wear faster even with careful handling and one of my books arrived (new, sealed) with light scuffing on the corners and grey edges on the pages rather than guilded edges like the rest of the books. The books are also noticeable lighter, the covers don't feel as solid and because they are thick books as well, I feel like the weight cause the spines to feel more delicate. You can open the CC books flat brand new whereas some of the B&N books make a little cracking sound if you do that. The B&N books are definitely going to get creasing on the outside quicker. The B&N's books are a little bit cheaper at roughy $10 brand new, you can find them cheaper though, new or used. If you want them new, I suggest looking at them in-store. One of my B&N books is an Anne Rice collection and is thicker than the other two I own, but I don't have the same issues with that one as I do with the others. Overall, they are decent considering the price (lookout for price gougers, don't overpay retail value because they aren't worth it). I just wouldn't suggest loaning them out to people who aren't enthusiastic and careful about books because they are quite delicate.
Between the two, I prefer Canterbury Classics and I sometimes see them at Costco, particularly around the holidays (they make very lovely gifts, by the way). But you've been warned, you may be a bit disappointed with the sticker issue of this particular book. But don't let it put you off from buying other books from Canterbury Classics because the rest are much nicer in terms of quality and appearance and don't seem to have the "hit or miss" issue that the Barnes & Noble collections do.
He is in fact much like the Robert Downey Jr presentation of the inebriate, quick wry-witted man of intrigue. My husband, has been so tired of the prim-statuesque version...and was thrilled to see the newer personifications in the most recent Sherlock Holmes movies...
So what makes the PERFECT gift, for the classic REAL 'Sherlock Holmes' lover??
THIS BOOK of course!
The binding is gorgeous, the image pressing on the cover is exquisite, and classic. My husband will be flabbergasted when he opens this on Christmas morning!!!
I highly recommend this to ANYONE who loves a good wit, and a good mystery!
These are the first twelve short stories about the most famous detective in fiction. They were written in the 1890s when illumination came from fire (candles, oil lamps, and gas). Local travel was by horse or foot. No telephones. Technology has advanced but human nature remains the same. The character of `Sherlock Holmes' was inspired by Doctor Joseph Bell, the famous medical professor in Edinburgh Scotland. Reading the original stories reminds you how good they are, much better than the many imitators. Greed is the motive for most of these stories. I wonder how many were adapted from long forgotten true crime cases?
*.A Scandal in Bohemia. A big, tall man visits Holmes on a secret mission. This nobleman is in a photograph with an actress, and this can endanger an arranged dynastic marriage. Holmes is given £1,000 for expenses [a small fortune then]. Holmes uses a trick to find a hidden valuable object.
*.The Red-Headed League. A man with blazing red hair visits Holmes with his problem of a lost well-paying job. Holmes visits his shop on a side street. A watch at night catches the burglar and saves the bank its fortune in French gold. Holmes explains his deductions. A man who works for half-wages?
*.A Case of Identity. A young woman wants to find a missing fiancé who disappeared before their wedding. Holmes figures out the fraud and why it was done. The law can't touch this scoundrel. [The impressions of a typewriter can identify each unique machine.]
*.The Boscombe Valley Mystery. Charles McCarthy was found dead by a lake, his son James was arrested as a suspect. Holmes thinks the son is innocent, but has a secret. Holmes studies the crime scene and collects the clues, then identifies the murderer. James was acquitted, a confession did not have to be used. Justice was served, not the law.
*.The Five Orange Pips. A young man visits Holmes for advice. He tells what happened to his uncle and father. Now he received the same message. Can Holmes save him and catch those responsible. Or will they answer to a higher power?
*.The Man With the Twisted Lip. Kate Whitney visits Dr. Watson about her missing husband, an opium addict. Watson finds her husband, then joins Holmes in a search for Neville St. Clair. Only a professional beggar could know what happened to him! Holmes succeeds in locating the missing man.
*.The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. A man lost his hat and a goose in a street fight. Can the owner be found? The goose was cooked, the rightful owner received a replacement. Will an innocent man be convicted for a theft? No. Holmes shows mercy.
*.The Adventure of the Speckled Band. A young woman consults Holmes about her fears, her older sister died earlier. Why was her bedroom changed? What makes her stepfather so fierce? [Mad as a hatter?] Helen's life is saved, the guilty person falls into his own trap.
*.The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb. A murderous attack severed the thumb of a young hydraulic engineer. He tells his story to Holmes. He was offered high pay for a few hours of work in secret. He had a narrow escape! Holmes takes him to Scotland Yard and they go to Eyford. But it is too late, the criminals escaped capture.
*.The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor. Lord St. Simon asks Holmes for advice on a runaway bride. Was there anything in her past to cause this? Holmes solves this mystery by following a back trail. [What does this say about the nobility?]
*.The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet. A tall, portly man visits Holmes. This banker loaned £50,000 to a nobleman who gave a beryl coronet as security. After it partly disappeared a relative was arrested. Can Holmes recover the lost gems and solve the crime? Yes, he explains what was overlooked. The guilty party will soon receive a more than sufficient punishment.
*.The Adventure of the Copper Beeches. A young woman asks for advice on changing jobs, she is offered very good pay. But she must cut her long hair short. Weeks later she sent a telegram to Holmes asking for help. Holmes arrives to solve the mystery. There is a happy ending.