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Sherlock Collection – Essential Edition

$220.00

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The Essential Edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of a Dozen Favourites is a short story collection featuring Arthur Conan Doyle’s twelve favourite stories about his fictional detective and it is limited to 400 copies.

Quarter-bound in Fedrigoni Savile Row Tweed Brown and premium beige book cloth with Sherlock’s pipe on the front cover in a tartan pattern. It comes in a slipcase bound in brown paper and premium book cloth featuring title blocked in gold foil.

This edition is currently in stock and ready to be shipped via DHL Express in an insured package upon ordering.

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  • Limited to 400 copies.
  • Slipcase bound in Fedrigoni Savile Row Plain Brown paper with details blocked in gold foil.
  • Quarter-bound in Fedrigoni Savile Row Tweed Brown and Plain Camel paper with a cutout in shape of Sherlock’s pipe on the front cover, featuring a tartan pattern.
  • Spine blocked in brown foil.
  • UV printed endpapers on Fedrigoni Savile Row Plain Brown featuring a unique pattern inspired by Sherlock’s wallpapers featured in his home’s living room.
  • Printed letterpress on Savile Row Plain White paper (140g; 60% ECF wood-free pulp, 20% cotton fibres and 20% textile fibres).
  • Twelve full page coloured illustrations by Manuel Šumberac.
  • Illustrated drop caps for every chapter.
  • Royal UK trim size (156 x 234 mm)
  • Several hidden design details.
  • Bookmark in shape of a magnifying glass with a plastic lens.

For more information on this edition, please read below or check out our production methods.

Please note that these product photos are photos of hard proof prototypes and the final product is liable to changes and could feature some improvements as well.

It is important to note that the purchase of this edition not only grants you early access to the private preorders for our next title, but also opens up special pricing reserved only for customers allowed in during that time. To benefit from this, you must create or have an existing account so our system can automatically apply these benefits to you.

Since we’re based in Croatia, EU, our native currency is euro. If you’re from USA or UK, the price will be automatically converted from euro to your domestic currency by the current going rate either right away or at the checkout when you enter your shipping address. Customers from other countries will be charged in euros since we are unable to currently support that many currencies.

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Concept and Art

The Essential Edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of a Dozen Favourites is limited to 400 copies. It consists of twelve short stories that were deemed favourite by the Arthur Conan Doyle himself.

The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Adventure of the Red-Headed League
The Adventure of the Dancing Men
The Adventure of the Final Problem
The Adventure of a Scandal in Bohemia
The Adventure of the Empty House
The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips
The Adventure of the Second Stain
The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot
The Adventure of the Priory School
The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
The Adventure of the Reigate Squires

This edition comes in a slipcase, featuring the title on the front part of the slipcase, done with a combination of blind and gold blocking.

The book is bound in premium Fedrigoni Savile Row paper with a cutout in shape of Sherlock’s pipe on the front cover, featuring a tartan fabric below, while the title of the book is blocked on the spine in brown foil.

Once you open the book, you’ll be met by UV printed endpapers featuring a wallpaper motif inspired by the wallpapers in Sherlock’s living room. Inside of the book you can find twelve illustrations by Manuel Šumberac, who has also done all the artwork, including the drop caps, for this title. The illustrations for this edition are truly remarkable, something that we have never done before. Since this is a short story collection, it made no sense to look for key plot points; instead the idea was to boil down the whole story into a singular illustration, which offered a “blueprint” of the story expressed artistically. Each illustration contains the key elements of the story, which is intended to beckon the reader to return and give it another look to better understand the story.

As you go through the chapters, you’ll see there are beautiful themed drop caps designed for each story, as well as the unique title for each of them. Once you need a break from reading, you can use the bookmark shaped like a magnifying glass, but is fully functional as well, because it has a plastic lens with 3x magnification.

As previously mentioned, this edition is limited to 400 copies, with a few additional publisher’s copies for the key participants of the projects that will never go to sale, making this a true rarity.

Photography: Danijel Berković & Dino Šertović.

 

Production and Materials

This edition makes heavy use of Fedrigoni Savile Row paper, which seemed fitting considering the historical significance of London’s main tailor street.

It comes in a slipcase draped in Fedrigoni Savile Row Plain Brown paper with blind and gold blocking on the front.

The book is quarter-bound in premium beige book cloth and Fedrigoni Savile Row Brown paper with a cutout in shape of Sherlock’s pipe on the front cover, featuring a tartan pattern printed below. The title is blocked on the spine in brown foil.

Endpapers are also made on Fedrigoni Savile Row Plain Brown paper featuring a UV printed wallpaper pattern inspired by the one in Sherlock’s living room. The book is printed letterpress with our very own Heidelberg Cylinder SBG on Fedrigoni Savile Row White paper (140g) that boasts 60% ECF wood-free pulp, 20% cotton fibres and 20% textile fibres. All twelve illustrations featured inside are printed offset.

Finally, the book was smyth sewn, then glued afterwards to provide for maximum durability. For this title Baskerville typography seemed like the perfect choice.

The magnifying glass bookmark is produced by caching a plastic magnifying lens between two Fedrigoni Savile Row papers, creating a functional bookmark.

All of these details make this edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of a Dozen Favourites truly essential.

 

Shipping

Since we put a lot of effort into creation of our books, we like to see them delivered safe and sound (and fast!) straight into your hands. That is why we ship with DHL Express, which means the books will be trackable at all times and they’ll arrive straight into your hands (unless you state otherwise). This also means they should arrive within 7-10 business days at the latest, but they’ll usually arrive within five business days, depending at what time of the day you made your order.

Please be aware that although books are not subject to customs fees in many countries, they might be in yours. This may mean they’ll be held at customs for inspection, delaying the delivery time, and you may be charged a customs fee or import tax or similar. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about customs clearance – customs rules of each country make the importer (the buyer—you!) responsible for these fees. Some of our customers have managed to reduce these fees by opting to do the import documentation themselves at the customs office instead of letting the courier (DHL) do it for them.

Weight 2 kg
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Croatia

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4901.99.00.91

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Jens Andersen
Amazing craftmanship

I have been eyeing this title for quite some time, but hesitating as €200 is quite a bit for a book. However, once you get the actual book, you fully understand the price. It is just truly stunning. The price is more than fair, in particular when you compare to other fine print vendors.

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Rich H
Incredible attention to detail and superb quality

This is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Every page you turn you are reminded of the attention to detail and incredible quality of the materials used to create this work of art, and particularly at this price point.

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Peter
Beautiful Book

This is my first Amaranthine book and I am so impressed. The overall design is wonderful, the paper is thick, and the letterpress printing is really nice. The illustrations are incredible - such a unique style and interesting concept. The sturdy slipcase, extremely fast international shipping, and perfectly protective yet not wasteful packaging are certainly worth mentioning too.

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Andrew Pleydell
It’s a beautiful thing!

Doyle laboured over this selection, hoping to create a satisfying impression of his hero’s most entertaining and infamous cases. It’s wonderful to see that the producers of this beautifully crafted volume were similarly committed. Marvellous.

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Rob M.
It's like buying your first book all over again.

So this is what a well-crafted book feels like.

I stumbled upon Amaranthine Books just as they begun advertising Sherlock and purchased this for my girlfriend... who lives in Apartment 221, no less, loves everything "book", but owns no Sherlock!

From the production status updates to the packaging, I was thrilled when it arrived on-time. And when she finally opened it, loving it, and I got to see and feel the quality for myself, it was like opening a book for the first time... And that's fitting because it comes with instructions for a book's inaugural opening! Love it.

Sadly, some older editions of books I want are no longer available but I will absolutely be looking forward to all future releases from Amaranthine, and may even have to buy a Sherlock of my own (before they sell out too).

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