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  June 7, 2007 - Sotheby's, New York
 
Sotheby's Sale No. N08330, offering Fine Books and Manuscripts included among the lots an 1887 Beeton's Christmas Annual, lot 105, featuring the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in A Study in Scarlet. The hammer price plus the 20% commission to the house from the buyer resulted in a realized price of US$156,000, the highest price ever paid for a magazine to date. The catalog description and provenance follows:
 

"A Study in Scarlet" [with other works] in Beeton's Christmas Annual. London: Ward, Lock and Co., [1887]

In 8s (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.; 215 x 140 mm). The Study illustrated by a wood-engraved frontispiece and three wood-engraved text illustrations, two after D. H. Friston and a third after W. M. R. Quick, the other texts illustrated by wood-engravings after R. André and Matt Stretch; skillful repairs to the margins of a few of the preliminary advertisements and to the frontispiece. Original color-printed pictorial wrappers; much restored with bits of the upper and lower wrappers and all of the spine (rebacked) supplied in good facsimile. Red buckram slipcase and chemise.

PROVENANCE

Sixth Marquis of Donegall (armorial bookplate in chemise) —purchased from the Donegall Estate by Lew David Feldman, House of El Dieff, Inc., December 1975

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES

Blau "Prolegomenon to a Census of Beeton's Christmas Annual," Baker Street Journal 52 (1987) 16–19; De Waal 416; Lilly Detective Fiction 16; Locke 24

CATALOGUE NOTE

First edition of the first Sherlock Holmes story. " That lurid paper-back of Christmas 1887 is today one of the rarest books of modern times—a keystone sought by discriminating collectors in every part of the world—flung like a bombshell into the field of detective fiction" (Starrett).

           
 
           
  Book - Arthur Conan Doyle - A Life in Letters Released
  by Jon Lellenberg (Author), Daniel Stashower (Author), Charles Foley (Author)
  Penguin Press; 720pp - November, 2007
 
This remarkable annotated collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's previously unpublished private correspondence offers unique insight into one of the world's most popular authors. For the first time, Conan Doyle emerges from the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, revealing a man whose character and exploits rival that of his famous creation. In particular, Conan Doyle's correspondence with his mother exposes his endless search for fulfillment and success outside the Holmes stories. (b&n)
   
           
 
           
  Book - The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes Released
  by Andrew Lycett (Author)
  Free Press; 576pp - December, 2007
 
Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's name is recognized the world over, for decades the man himself has been overshadowed by his better understood creation, Sherlock Holmes, who has become one of literature's most enduring characters. Based on thousands of previously unavailable documents, Andrew Lycett offers the first definitive biography of the baffling Conan Doyle, finally making sense of a long-standing mystery: how the scientifically minded creator of the world's most rational detective himself succumbed to an avid belief in spiritualism, including communication with the dead. (b&n)
   
           
           
 
 
         
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