The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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A master of deductive reasoning who can solve the most difficult crimes by spotting obscure clues overlooked by others, dilettante sleuth Sherlock Holmes was the hero of sixty stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927. With the help of his loyal friend, Doctor Watson, Holmes brought countless crooks, thieves, swindlers, and murderers to justice. He even rose from the dead after Doyle tried to dispatch him in his twenty-fourth adventure, and readers protested. Some Sherlock ...

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Overview

A master of deductive reasoning who can solve the most difficult crimes by spotting obscure clues overlooked by others, dilettante sleuth Sherlock Holmes was the hero of sixty stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927. With the help of his loyal friend, Doctor Watson, Holmes brought countless crooks, thieves, swindlers, and murderers to justice. He even rose from the dead after Doyle tried to dispatch him in his twenty-fourth adventure, and readers protested. Some Sherlock Holmes stories rank among the most famous in detective fiction, among them "A Study in Scarlet," "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Speckled Band," and "The Hound of the Baskervilles."

Here, in one volume, are all four full-length novels and fifty-six short stories about the colorful adventures of Sherlock Holmes--every word Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote about Baker Street's most famous resident. Also included is an introduction by lifetime Sherlockians Barbara and Christopher Roden.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

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Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, generally considered a milestone in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Not As Many Typos As You Think!!

    A wonderful book. The pages seem gold on the outside. It comes with a gold ribbon bookmark. Many people are complaining that there are many typos. Please note that the book was written in England and that English people spell things different than American people. For example, they spell realize as realise, with an S.

    41 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Extremly Good

    To most people who think this book has typos they should know that the book was made in the United Kingdom. British people spell things differently than we do in the United States. Stop blaming Barnes & Noble.

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Great volume, except...

    First, I want to say that this is a great collection. It is absolutely gorgeous. The pages are of good thickness, and feels well made. However, there are many spelling errors to be found on those pages. For an in house collection from a large book retailer, you would expect that it would have never made it to print with this many errors. I hope they revise this book with another, better edited edition. The errors are inexcusable. Fix it, BnN!

    20 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Distinguishable Book For All Readers!

    I have been in love with all of Barnes and Noble's Leatherbound Classics, and this one is certainly in my top favorites. I love fantasy stories that take me to another world, ergo i never thought that i would like mysteries, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sure proved me wrong! This book is so mind stimulating anyone would find it hard to put it down, even for a moment! Each story has so many new twists that the reader will never tire if the great mysteries. As a gift for any avid reader, mystery-lover or not, this is a perfect gift to all!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    BUYER BEWARE: Many typos in this book!

    The editors need to do some careful proofreading. There is absolutely no excuse to put out a book with typos, especially since they have had almost 100 years to edit them since Doyle first wrote these! I think next time I will opt for the Nook version of the Complete Sherlock Holmes which are much much cheaper.

    10 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Great looking book, sloppy presentation

    I was excited to get this book and finally read the stories of Sherlock Holmes. This is an incredibly nice leather bound and stylish book for the price you pay, however numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes detract from the overall quality of the book. I have read half of the stories and have counted well over three dozen mistakes that are not present in the original text. These stories are well over a hundred yeas old so these mistakes are hardly forgivable. Frequently a sentence will simply contain the incorrect word. Words that sound similar or start with the same letter will replace the correct word, such as "be" in place of "by". One instance in the book even has a semicolon placed in the center of a word. This is a great looking book but the numerous errors riddled throughout the text seriously detract from the quality of this edition and the reading experience. It really is a shame how sloppy this is.

    10 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Great for Collection

    This complete collection of the adventure of Sherlock Holmes is great, with a nice, solid hardcover, thin papers, and nice front. I like it. It is definitely one of the books I will keep as collections. PS The “typos” are not really typos, but British English spellings. So be alarmed, do not misjudge the quality of the great book!!!!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Beautiful Book

    I have many books from this Barnes and Noble collection. I am quite fond of it, and love the way the entire series looks together on my livingroom shelf. The story is great. I had not read any Sherlock Holmes previous to this, and it is quite enjoyable. The book is nicely made. The pages are gold edged, the cover is nicely embossed, and the plaid liner is very traditionally Holmes-like. The price was reasonable considering the quality of the books structure, all the way down to the ribbon bookmark. The only thing holding me back from giving this book a full five stars is that it is wrought with typos. Some are minor letter transposition, such as the being teh, but some are much more serious. There were a couple of sentences that I had to scan a few times. It could be a little distracting at moments. It does not seem to have been proofed before entering publication.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    AMAZING

    I have always loved sherlock holmes and have many of his books but w/ this one it is quite nice to have them all compiled into one book. And w/ such an amazing cover too.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES - Leatherbound Hardcover

    For years I have heard of Sherlock Homes but I have never read any of the stories. I purchased this collection with little expectations, I wanted to stories to "speak to me" with a clear mind. I must say that I am not disappointed at all. The writing is clear and concise, the characters and plots are easy to like and follow while not being too simplistic, and overall the stories provide an entertaining thrill to the reader. The book itself is leatherbound and hardcover and contains a nice biographical introduction that is a pleasure to read. Most Introductions can bore the reader within the first couple of paragraphs but not this one. It is written by a devoted fan of the author's works and therefore gives many interesting and entertaining facts.

    If you are into Classic Literature then this collection is one to add to your personal library or give as a gift. My only complaint is that the pages are very thin but I think that is to be expected with collected works like these all in one volume. I did not find this to be a deterent from reading the stories though. These leatherbound classics also come with a fabric bookmarker in the book itself which makes it more than convenient. I highly recommend this collection of stories as well as this series for anyone who is into building their personal library. It is a book that can be passed down through the generations of readers in your family.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    I love this book and its physical characteristics.

    I love this book and its physical characteristics.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    I am pretty happy with this book overall. The artwork on the co

    I am pretty happy with this book overall. The artwork on the cover is really cool and it almost makes up for all of the typos. I know that the British spell things differently than us on occasion (Theatre vs. Theater) however, the typos go FAR beyond cultural differences and end up in the land of "Oops! We really should've caught that one!" I dare say that I have found more typos in the 1067 pages of this book than I have encountered in the aggragate of all the books I have ever read...and I read quite a bit. To be fair, I would recommend this book to a friend. I would give it as a gift. I would even buy another copy if something were to happen to the one I have now. I will be buying more BnN Leatherbounds. However, to be honest I feel BnN spent more time on the cover artwork than they did proofreading the book itself. I hope that the other BnN Leatherbound Series don't have this many typos; I would love to have them all. Typos or not, they look great on my shelf!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    MUST BUY!

    The tales between the two covers of this book are nothing less than a masterpiece; The Sherlock Holmes Chronicles is of such an upstanding nature that, believe it or not, most people believe that our Mr Holmes was indeed a living historical figure!

    ANYWAY--If you love delving into the human mind, sardonic humor, and remarkably magnificent adventures enveloping the most lovable characters, then you MUST get this series.

    This particular book (which craftsmanship is only surpassed by that of the stories it holds) is a wondrous an endearing compendium of psychological study, social dynamics, cold reading, a dash of the sciences, chock full of british wit and entrancing stories that will not only challenge your mind, but leave you with a cheshire grin at the turn of every page.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2010

    Astounding

    There isn't much to say since the title describes it all in one word. The book looks gorgeous, feels very firm in the hand, and each story is so perfectly planned and so well detailed that unless you don't like books over an elementary reading level than I can see no reason why you wouldn't like this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2009

    Great Shirlock Holmes collection

    Great for collections. Been looking for a Holmes collection for a while and was impressed with this one. Beautiful cover and great price. Highly recommend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Don't be put off by the "spelling mistakes" that peopl

    Don't be put off by the "spelling mistakes" that people seem to be complaining about.  These "typos" are actually intentional--and correct--English spellings.
    The book itself has everything one would expect from the Leatherbound Classics series: you have your gold leaf pages, woven ribbon bookmark, and classy and intricate leather binding, containing the definitive and unabridged adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
    There isn't a single missing story here.  If you like Doyle, Holmes, or mysteries in general, get this book.  You will enjoy it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    It's a nice book, but yes, there are typos. Someone mentioned di

    It's a nice book, but yes, there are typos. Someone mentioned differences in American and British spellings, and that is excusable. What isn't excusable is when a word is incomplete, or blatantly spelled wrong. If you look on page 125 line 12 it says "n" instead on "in". That is something easily spotted and it should not be there. The stories are good, the exterior is nice, but the editing is atrocious.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2010

    Greatest Book Ever

    My dad and I found this book at a Barnes & Noble while on vacation. Finding Sherlock Holmes stories interesting and with the great price of the leatherbound edition, I readily bought it. I feel that it was a great decision and the book is magnificent. However, I do have one problem - typos. I'm not that far into the book, and I have already counted at least ten typos. The average reader probably wouldn't care as long as he understands what it is trying to say. As for me, being an avid reader, it's pretty terrible to see this in a book I like.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    Amazing Classic

    This complete collection of the Sherlock Holmes series is an amazing deal. The reader gets a thrilling ride in the alcoves of the late 1800s British crime. An intellectually appealing book that gives an interesting outlook on criminal analysis.

    The book cover is great although the book is pretty heavy. The book also has almost no typos in the first few books, but there are more as the reader gets toward the end of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    In reading the reviews, people are complaining about the many ty

    In reading the reviews, people are complaining about the many typos. B&N is saying that is the way the English wrote back in the day. But, did the English really spell the word "the" as teh? I think it should have been proofed. I will not buy the book based on these reviews.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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