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The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes

(Sherlock Holmes #3-6)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,947 ratings  ·  243 reviews
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
A Case of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Five Orange Pips
The Man with the Twisted Lip
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
The Adventure of Si
Hardcover, 636 pages
Published 1905 by Castle (first published 1891)
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Michael IIRC, the stories in this volume were all those that were published in the Strand Magazine. All of the other Holmes stories were published elsewhere a…moreIIRC, the stories in this volume were all those that were published in the Strand Magazine. All of the other Holmes stories were published elsewhere and outside of this particular book's purview.(less)
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Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this a few months ago. I'd been reading it since Christmas 1976. Thirty-two years. I loved reading a story or three every now and then. Always comforting. Finally decided to press forward and went through a dozen or so in a short period, which gave me a whole new appreciation for Doyle as an artist. He was an excellent writer, with a kind of magic that's hard to puzzle out. These stories exert a hold that seems greater than the sum of the parts. ...more
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, mystery
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Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, art, mystery, classic
This collection is the second, third, and fourth sets of Holmes stories, plus The Hound of the Baskervilles. While it IS missing my favorite collection of stories, the first set which runs from A Study in Scarlet through The Sign of Four; and it DOES have the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad fourth set entitled "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (the series should have ended at The Final Problem), this book gets four stars because the good stories are excellent and the bad stories are made-up- ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review: The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It’s amazing how one good book can truly open your eyes. The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes, a collection of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, did just that. I have learned to make more observations and observe detail better, and soon you can too!
Sherlock Holmes is a detective who lived in the late 1800s to early 1900s in London. He offers his deductive powers to whoever needs them, yet always keeps a low pr
Tom Gonzalez
Apr 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Oh what a joy it was to read this book! I grew up wanting to be Sherlock Holmes after I read "The Hound of Baskervilles". Holmes was ahead of his time with his chemical and physiology expertise, he was the original CSI master. I wanted to solve mysteries and command that infallible logic that made Holmes so perfect. As I returned to this character, as an adult, I found him to be even more amazing, if not more complex, due to the human qualities and vices he contained. He was certainly an edgy ch ...more
Emily Casella
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems fitting that I would finish this three year endevour of finishing this book on the same day I am finishing my three years of working at my library job. I got this collection book from my grandparents' attic after they died and we were clearing the house. It has taken since May 15, 2015 to finish this. But I finally did it! I have to say I liked everything that came after Reichbach Falls. The return of Sherlock stories were more entertaining then the earlier stories. I finally got in the ...more
Ben Goodridge
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this doorstop off and on for a little over a year now, with the advantage of having read "Hound of the Baskervilles" some years ago and a handful of other stories here and there.

Sherlock Holmes is one of those ideas that's been so relentlessly adapted that our public consciousness has more to do with the adaptations than the stories, which has brought readers searching for originalism to the Granada series starring Jeremy Brett. Visitors from other adaptations might be surpris
Howie Rosen
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two firsts here. Writing a review before I've reached even halfway to the finish line. And reading short stories are nearly as far down my list of pleasures as cracking open a book of poetry. Doyle's adventures make a quick start out of the blocks, so going from one to the other is effortless. These stories in their day rivaled the popularity of a new Harry Potter book--and no wonder that--each plot is so deliciously different.

The greatest joy is to pay careful attention to the details in order
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The short stories are best; they are almost too perfectly concise and structured. The reader is kept in a delicate balance of awe and active sleuthing.

Unlike what has been said of the film version, Watson is no comic character but the perfect foil to Sherlock's cold, inhuman exterior. W/o Watson, you wouldn't have a story unless it were Sherlock's stream of consciousness followed by boredom.

Read a great article about how Doyle created Sherlock at exactly the perfect time in history - the age of
Jorge Rosas
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this edition, I could follow Sherlock from the early years to the zombie time, and so the different way the pair encounter, solve and how they’re written. The format and the pictures do look like an old magazine which makes it quite lovely. Because of the length it’s really hard to write a proper review but I can say that Sherlock had a god impact on my life and I enjoyed most of the ride.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, i-own-it
Read this years ago. Loved the illustrations!
How can you go wrong with Sherlock Holmes? It took me awhile to read this because this volume is extra thick, and we all know how wordy sherlock is.
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired to take up this volume again by fervor surrounding the new Sherlock Holmes movie to be released in December of 2009.

The edition that I am reading was published in 1976. It is handsomely bound in the manner of a book intended to look impressive on a shelf without having the desired effect.

The stories are quite good, though.

Finished this very recently. Nothing like a book full of Sherlock Holmes to instill in oneself the desire to take up smoking a pipe, and logically deduce what's been g
Steven Peterson
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-Headed League," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," and so on. As the Introduction notes, "Here--reproduced in complete facsimile--are the original Sherlock Holmes detective stories by Arthur Conan Doyle as they first appeared in the famed British magazine 'The Strand.'"

The original art work and printing adds an interesting element to this volume. But, in the end, it is the tales of Holmes that make this book attractive.

A nice compil
Mary Holm
Jun 16, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I watched the PBS series SHERLOCK and fell in love. I'd never read any Sherlock Holmes stories before, (I claim not to like mysteries) but the series prompted me to check out some of the original stories. My husband reminded me that we had this book stored in our garage. So we pulled it out and I started reading. Currently reading the Hound of the Baskervilles. By the way, if you haven't seen SHERLOCK, do yourself a favor and run, don't walk, to rent or buy the DVD. Or you can watch some of the ...more
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Master of the mystery. Always fun.
Richard Dominguez
I really enjoyed reading this edition as the stories are printed as they first appeared in the "Strand" (I believe) ... A great way to catch up on all of Doyle's Holmes stories ... ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
For many years I have wanted to read more of Sherlock Holmes other than ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, one of my favourite books. This particular anthology, containing ‘the adventures of...’, ‘the memoirs of....’ and ‘the return of Sherlock Holmes’, felt like a good starting point. For further enjoyment, these were all facsimiles from the original Strand Magazine publications, featuring Sidney Paiget’s iconic illustrations which are just as strong in character as Conan Doyle’s masterful descriptio ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all this edition was great because the original illustrations are right next to the stories, and if you do a bit of research the art itself is actually very cool- it includes, for example the first ever portrayal of Holmes in the flap hat. I recommend this site ( for help with Victorian language, etc.
Besides being a great collector piece and plain beautiful, the Sherlock Holmes stories are immensely entertaining. Mystery fans I am sure
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How can a person write such fascinating accounts so consistently, even I jettison the few uninteresting of them?
While finishing it in parts, I wrote down few points as follow:
• Bit similar to stage drama. Holmes accepted that he liked to be dramatic; and this has influenced Satyajit Ray's Feluda.
• Infamous snobbery towards the Asians retained. Especially the way Sidney Paget drew the Indians.
• But loved the part Conan Doyle depicted the African baby.
• Unlike Feluda's Topshe, Watson was more a
Chris Lund
If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes it doesn't get much better than this set. The stories are all obviously solid, but the real value here for me is the presentation, with the inclusion of all the original illustrations and the formatting of the initial Strand Magazine printing. With the exception of the novel, these stories pretty much all run about 12-15 pages each, so this is a perfect lunch break read type of collection. One or two stories at lunch each day and this will provide for a few mon ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I always thought Sherlock had been a real person in history. In reading Doyle's book, I discovered not only was Sherlock a character of fiction but that he'd also been stolen between England and America. Even back then there was IP infringement. My favorite line is how Watson describes the writing and publishing of the adventures: a little bit of this, that, and the other. I have to reread to find the quote and get it right. Sorry about that. ...more
Doug Bradley
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Current events and attitudes cause me to notice different things in this second reading of this edition and more that that of each story. Social norms of that time period were different. If these were published new today, there would be several points that would not be politically acceptable. Amazing how small the world Holmes moved in was that he could have such an indepth knowledge of things like tobacco and dirt.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I have not yet finished reading all of the stories in this version of Sherlock Holmes, so I've only seen a fraction of the illustrations, but the old typography and black and white pictures are so charming. I love how this edition takes you back in time to the original printing in The Strand. It goes without saying that I have long adored the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and was quite happy to receive this as a gift. ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not only did I enjoy Conan Doyle's inventive crime scenarios, but I also really liked the physical copy of this book. It's pleather bound with gilded edges and it also features (for lack of a better word) photocopies of the original text and illustrations of these stories from "The Strand" magazine.

A great read as well as a great reading experience.
Brian Hamacher
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories are timeless. I won’t drone on about how brilliant the Sherlock Holmes series is, since everyone already is aware. One thing I have observed in reading and re-reading The collection is that the Holmes-Watson relationship is more interesting than most of their cases, an aspect which I actually think was captured well in the recent Robert Downey Jr.-Jude Law films.
Judine Brey
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I like the variety of stories because they're not all murder mysteries. My grand take away from this collection is that, in general, the public (especially, perhaps, movie makers) have been giving Watson a hard time. He's a lot smarter than he's typically given credit for. ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are the original stories published in Doyle’s day. Great to read one now and again. Some seen to be same plot with details changed but because they would have been published at different times perhaps no one would have been the wiser.

Includes Moriarty and Hound of the Baskervilles.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a book I've kept on my shelves for many years. I just love the illustrations, and how it was produced as the stories originally appeared in the Strand. It really feels like you're picking up a piece of history. This format adds to the flavor of the great stories in this volume. ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good to read most of the Sherlock Holmes stories. This is missing a few of the novel length stories, but it was fun to read.
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is u

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