The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1994 Book of the Month Club Illustrated Edition hardcover

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This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover with dust jacket. 1994 Book of the Month Club Illustrated Edition.
This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are crisp, clean and free of markings. The binding is tight and straight. Tan w brown half cloth hardcover boards under jacket are accented w gold title lettering on spine and are also near fine. The dust jacket is clean and near fine with only a hint of shelf wear. Standard octavo size or 6" x 9" with 125 pages.

The Book of the Month Club, New York published this illustrated set of hardcovers that was comprised of 4 novels and 56 short stories. Designed to be handsome display sets, they are a nice collection of literary classic from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his beloved sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. In 1886, Doyle created a character who would come to be known as the greatest sleuth of all time. Holmes first appearance came in A Study in Scarlet, and his "final" appearance came when Doyle tired of his character and The Final Problem, a last Holmes story, was published in the Strand Magazine in 1893. Readers were so disappointed at the thought of Holmes being discontinues that 20,000 cancelled their subscription to the magazine and eventually they had their way when Doyle revived the character two years later.

Conan Doyle was persuaded to write The Sign of Four at a dinner party where Oscar Wilde was also encouraged to create The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is in The Sign of Four that the full extent of Holmes' oddness becomes apparent. Unlike Watson, he is indifferent to romance, but if grateful for drugs used during idle days, for his mind "rebels at stagnation". When a beautiful woman arrives at 221B Baker Street and a note from an anonymous "friend", Holmes is intrigued and Watson falls in love. What follows is a tale of precious gems and treachery.

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