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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Volumes 1-4 (The Heirloom Collection) by [Arthur Conan Doyle, Jacqui Oakley]

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Volumes 1-4 (The Heirloom Collection) Box Edition, Kindle Edition

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best remembered for the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous fictional detective, though in his lifetime Doyle also penned essays, poems, short stories, science fiction, nonfiction, historical novels, political treatises, and lectures on Spiritualism.

It was in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion, Dr. John Watson, first appeared. Doyle eventually became weary of the stories, hugely popular with both British and American readers, and killed off Holmes in the 1893 short story “The Final Problem”—only to resurrect the character years later in The Hound of the Baskervilles. On July 7, 1930, Doyle died in England of heart failure. His stories of the very logical Sherlock Holmes, which so precisely reflect the latter part of nineteenth-century Victorian England, still capture the imaginations of readers today.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007PT1PEY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amazon Deluxe; Box edition (6 Nov. 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11335 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 1884 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1387736639
  • Customer reviews:
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.

Photo by Walter Benington (RR Auction) [US Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted book but lacking on one major detail......
By Morgan on 8 September 2020
I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for many years and was most eager to add this book to my home collection when I saw it advertised. I was a little concerned when it arrived, just sent in a jiffy bag rather than a padded box. But thankfully it arrived in good condition.
Photos do not seem to do this book justice. It is both heavy and well bound. The gold coloured writing on the leather bound cover, as well as the gold colour on the edging of the pages are lovely to see.
The pages themselves are nice to feel and whilst a little thin they feel that they are of good quality.
The text is a little small, but not unreadable.
I have included several photos which illustrate the size of the book, next to a std 12" ruler. They also give an example of the books contents as well as the patterned pages on the inside cover.
So if everything is so good then why drop a star...?

The not so good bit, to me a major omission......

I have included one photo as an EXAMPLE of what should have been but NONE of these illustrations are in this book. The illustration is a scene from one of the many stories and was done by the original illustrator Sidney Paget. These illustrations accompany and are, in my opinion, every bit as much as part of these works as the words themselves. The omission of these illustrations is just wrong on a book which claims to be the complete Sherlock Holmes stories.
So just to be clear the illustration that I have included is NOT one from the book, there aren't any. They are all freely available on the Internet but should have been placed within the stories as they were originally intended to be.
For that omission I was seriously tempted to reduce this review to 3 starts but due to the overall great quality of the book it has been raised to a low 4.
After all this book is surely one to appeal to the Sherlock Holmes fans and they will be aware of those illustrations as I was.

Overall this is a very well crafted and made book which could have been one of the best if only it had contained Sidney's illustrations. For that it will be seen by myself as a good but flawed attempt to bind these wonderful stories in a single book.

I do hope that this review has helped you, it was far from elementary to conclude.

Best wishes
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