Publisher’s Summary for the First Two Volumes
“This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould’s 1967 classic work.
In this boxed set, Leslie Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle’s 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions. Inside, readers will find a cornucopia of insights.
Beginners will benefit from Klinger’s insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle; history lovers will revel in the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural details; Sherlockian fanatics will puzzle over tantalizing new theories; art lovers will thrill to the 800-plus illustrations, which make this the most lavishly illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever produced.
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes illuminates the timeless genius of Arthur Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation of readers. Two-color text throughout, and with more than 800 illustrations.”
Sherlockians all over the world should own a copy of this slipcased set comprising of three volumes. We are proud owners of the ones initially published in 2007. There are later releases, and the contents of them should be the same as the originals, with the exemption for a few more illustrations in the first editions.
With nearly 3,000 pages, the annotations are placed alongside the text for quick reference along with some of the original illustrations which accompanied the stories when they were first published.
Our only complaint about the sets is the thickness of the paper. The books are printed on a smooth, creamy acid-free paper, but they could have used a thicker paper. The illustrations bleed through on more than one-page spread. That being said, these volumes are an excellent addition to any library.