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NOTABLE COLLECTIBLES
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1950
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar W. Smith, Ed.
Limited Editions Club

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1952 - 1957
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar W. Smith, Ed.
Heritage Club


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DIOGENES: The Limited Editions Club and Heritage Club collections of all of the Sherlock Holmes stories are particularly interesting and desirable. 

LEC:  The LEC volumes (1950, organized in three groups with eight volumes, limited to 1500 printings of the series) are particularly collectible and worth considerably more than the Heritage version.  It was intended that Frederic Dorr Steele choose the artwork for the series from his own work and add NEW arts, but he passed away before this could take place.  Edgar W. Smith was asked to choose the artwork for the books.  The series was corrected and edited by Smith, contain a forward by Vincent Starrett and a note about the compilation from Smith.  The volumes are slipcased and came, originally, with glassine dust jackets, which are quite rare to find still with the books.  Sherlock Holmes in base relief is on the covers of all volumes, with decoration (wallpaper-like covering with "VR" in bulletpocks). 
OP:  Number 66

HERITAGE:  This version is edentical to the LEC version except that the series consists of 3 bound volumes in slipcases.  It is much more common and can be purchased at a much more reasonable price.


1966
A Study in Terror
Ellery Queen (Paul W. Fairman and Ellery Queen, based on a screenplay by Donald and Derek Ford)

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DIOGENES: published in conjuction with the movie of the same name.  In it, Queen is given a Sherlockian Manuscript containing the adventures of Holmes and Watson as they investigate the Ripper murders.  A highly desirable and collectable volume, this was a First Edition paperback published by Lancer Books.  Other publications include:  paperback, by Lodestone Detective Novels the same year and a hardback version published in Great Britain in 1967, entitled Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper.
OP:  Number 66

1968
Sherlock Holmes in Tibet
Richard Wincor

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DIOGENES: considered by many to be the very worst pastiche ever written, this book is highly desirable.  Holmes is in the book, but it actually appears to be a way to get the Tibetan Book of the Dead published, using Sherlock Holmes as a mechanism.
OP:  Number 95
1984
Ten Years Beyond Baker Street
Cay Van Ash

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DIOGENES: rare and commands fairly respectable prices, accordingly.   The paperback edition is quite uncommon, as well.  Cay Van Ash was a close friend of Sax Rohmer, the creator of the infamously evil Dr. Fu Manchu.  This pastiche pits Holmes against Fu Manchu with Dr. Petrie (the partner of Denis Nayland Smith who was kidnapped in the book) in the role of Dr. Watson.  Set long after the Baker Street stories. 
1984
Pulptime: 
Being a singular adventure of Sherlock Holmes, H. P. Lovecraft, & the Kalem Club 
P. H Cannon
Stephen Fabian, art

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DIOGENES: An apocryphal tale of Sherlock Holmes and H. P. Lovecraft and his friends, as if narrated by Frank Belknap Long.  The first edition was limited to about 300, and is extremely rare.  Inscribed is even less common and inscribed by both author and illustrator (and sometimes even the publisher!) is less common than that.  It has a foreword by Frank Belknap Long, afterword by Robert Bloch and was wonderfully illustrated by Stephen Fabian.  There was a second printing available at similar prices and a softbound version which can be found at lower prices. 
1985
The Adventures of the Ectoplasmic Man
Daniel Stashower

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DIOGENES: While not one of the best pastiches ever written, this Edgar Nominee for 1985 is fairly uncommon in first edition hardback.  The paperback version is not very common, either, but makes the volume available to the collector at a lower price.  Written by the newest chronicler of the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Houdini in a magical mystery. 

2001
The Hound of the Baskervilles:
Hunting the Dartmoor Legend 
Foreword by Edward Hardwicke 
Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle
Edited by Phillip Weller 

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DIOGENES: This book has been "written in order to bring a greater depth of enjoyment to one of the greatest tales ever written in the English language on the centenary of its first publication.  It includes the full text of the original story as it first appeared in The Strand Magazine in 1901-2, along with a major new study of the geographical, historical and literary background to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece including rare Victorian photographs, many seen for the first time, of the locations as Conan Doyle would have seen them."  Highly, highly recommended.
 
A Few (Million) Words about my Good Friend Holmes, 1977, Otto Penzler

 
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