1893 “The Strand Magazine”, Sherlock Holmes Series

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We sold this item at auction for $170
 in June 2016.

The Birth of Sherlock Holmes: A Journey Through Original Serial Publications

This edition of the Strand Magazine, dated January – June, 1893 is special in that it contains the six short story installments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes” series. Britannic Auctions sold this antique magazine for $170.

The short stories include:

  • The Adventures of the Cardboard Box
  • Yellow Face
  • Stockbrokers Clark
  • Gloria Scott
  • Musgrave Ritual
  • Reigate Square

Arthur Conan Doyle Introduces the Character

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced Sherlock Holmes to the world through a series of serialized publications.

Beginning with “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887, Holmes and Dr. John Watson embarked on their legendary adventures. Serialized in “Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine” in 1890, “The Sign of the Four” continued their pursuit of intrigue.

From 1891 to 1892, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” unfolded in “The Strand Magazine,” showcasing twelve short stories. Serialized in the same magazine from 1892 to 1893, “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” presented eleven more tales.

A monthly magazine in Britain, The Strand was composed of short fiction and general interest articles. Its original publication ran from January 1891 to March 1950, comprising 711 issues, many of which are highly collectible today.

After a hiatus, Holmes returned in “The Return of Sherlock Holmes,” serialized from 1903 to 1904, marking his triumphant comeback.

Early Sherlock Holmes Illustrations by Sidney Paget

Sidney Paget’s illustrations stand as an integral part of the Sherlock Holmes legacy, forever etching the iconic detective and his world into the collective imagination.

Paget’s collaboration with Arthur Conan Doyle began in 1891 when he was tasked with bringing Holmes to life visually for “The Strand Magazine.” Paget’s illustrations portrayed Holmes as a tall, lean figure, often adorned with his trademark deerstalker cap and pipe, while Dr. Watson was depicted as his steadfast companion, their camaraderie palpable on the page.

Beyond mere depictions, Paget’s artwork captured the essence of Conan Doyle’s narratives, from the eerie London fog to the intricate details of crime scenes, heightening the suspense and intrigue for readers. His illustrations became inseparable from the stories themselves, shaping how generations envisioned the characters and settings of the Sherlock Holmes universe.

Sherlock Holmes Refashioned in Book Format

Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories were first produced in book format with the publication of “A Study in Scarlet” in 1888 by Ward, Lock & Co. “The Sign of the Four” followed in 1890, also published by Ward, Lock & Co.

Subsequently, the short stories were compiled into collections, such as “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” in 1892 and “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” in 1894, both published by George Newnes Ltd.

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