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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes 150th Anniversary by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Aug 04, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: holmes, short-stories, currently-reading
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 1974

I broke down and bought all three volumes in this series after reading what other Goodreads reviewers had to say about them. It is going to be awhile before I finish the three, because each story contains some of the most interesting and useful footnotes ever appended to a piece of literature, along with illustrations not just from The Strand magazine, but from other sources as well. They also showcase various locations around London where the story takes place, along with drawings of other characters.

As if that is not enough, John Le Carre wrote the introduction, which introduces to the reader to the idea that Holmes and Watson are referred in the notes throughout as real persons. Instead of coming across as a ridiculous fancy, this makes sense. Truly, Holmes and Watson were Conan Doyle's contemporaries in every sense of the word.

These books will be the joy of any Sherlockian bibliophile. They are thoughtfully laid out with care so that the massive amount of supporting information beautifully supplements the stories. It is possible to read the stories without being distracted by the footnotes, which are printed in a soft red in the left-hand column of each two column page, so that the eye moves sideways easily from the footnote number to the note itself. The typeface is pleasing, and the paper upon which the pages are printed is of very high quality and soothing to the touch. These are books which will be passed down and cherished for generations to come.
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