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OK it's taken a bit of soul searching (and scraping together of the funds!) but I have taken the plunge on the daddy of all Sherlock Holmes books: The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. It's not the first complete Sherlock Holmes collection I have - but hopefully it could be the definitive one.
Published in two sets - containing the stories in one set and the novels in the other. Here's what Amazon has to say about it (how could I resist):
"A cause for international celebration—the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades.
This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould's 1967 classic work. In this boxed set, Leslie Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions. Inside, readers will find a cornucopia of insights: beginners will benefit from Klinger's insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle; history lovers will revel in the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural details; Sherlockian fanatics will puzzle over tantalizing new theories; art lovers will thrill to the 700-plus illustrations, which make this the most lavishly illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever produced. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes illuminates the timeless genius of Arthur Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation of readers. 700+ illustrations."
By the way for those of you who don't know Sherlockian is the name given to those who study Sherlock Holmes as if he was a real person and actually existed. For the benefit of any Sherlockians reading - I am not actually doubting this (merely acknowledging that some do still think he was a fictional character). More about this in another posting perhaps.