Illustrated. New and Revised Edition. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1894. 4 pp undated ads. Original light blue cloth decorated in black.
"New and Revised" American edition (-- which is to say the second issue of the first American edition). These eleven tales conclude with "The Final Problem," with Sherlock's apparent death in a struggle with Professor Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls (as shown in the frontispiece illustration by Sidney Paget). The London edition, published in December 1893, consisted of the same eleven memoirs that appear here -- "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" having been excluded after its Strand Magazine appearance, due to its portrayal of either an illicit love affair or the mailing of two severed ears in a cardboard box. The first American edition, published in February 1894, did include this tale. This "new and revised edition," published in the same binding in September 1894, has this tale deleted, as in the London edition. Doyle so liked his Strand "Cardboard Box" beginning -- in which Holmes breaks into the thoughts of Watson -- that for this book he transferred it to "The Case of the Resident Patient."
This is a near-fine copy, unusually clean for this light-colored binding, with quite minor wear at the ends of the spine (which as usual is slightly sunned); the front endpaper bears the ink-stamp of the Book Department of the Herz' Ladies Bazar in Terre Haute, as well as the signature of this book's probable first buyer, J.F.W. Harris, who was a mechanical engineer connected with the Rose Polytechnic Institute there in Terre Haute. Green & Gibson A14c. Item #14397