New York : C.N. Potter : Distributed by Crown Publishers, 1986, c1967.
Includes an introduction, numerous illustrations, and many marginal notes explaining or commenting on the text.
LibraryThing member datrappert
I have very mixed feelings about this 2-volume book. If you're reading the Holmes stories for the umpteenth time, it is a great resource. But if you are reading them the first time around, all the notes just get in the way. Given Doyle's distaste for the character he created, he would probably be appalled at the amount of time some people have spent mythologizing him and pretending he was real. Also, these books are way too heavy to read for enjoyment!
LibraryThing member emfink
A treasure. Holmes was my first literary hero and obsession as a young reader. All these years later, I still derive endless pleasure from these stories. Perfect for curling up in front of a crackling fire on a chilly evening.
LibraryThing member jmeisen
Quirky work, but the definitive annotated Holmes until Leslie S. Klinger's version came along. Mixes historical explanations with Baring-Gould's own chronology and inventive explanations. He was one of the best at playing the Game, though his chronology in particular can be (and has been) challenged. I took away a half star for the lack of an index for easily finding an individual story, since they are arranged not in Canonical publication order but according to the editor's imaginative chronology. If you are interested in arguing over how many wives Dr. Watson had, you need this set. If you have not read the Holmes stories before, do not start here. Either the Oxford editions or the New Annotated would be better choices for new reader.
LibraryThing member jhevelin
I have been an avid Sherlock Holmes enthusiast since I started reading the stories at the age of nine. Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to acquire a used copy of "The Annotated Sherlock Holmes." What a disappointment! The editor chose to arrange the individual works in a chronology of his own devising, and by deviating from the established arrangement of the works, makes it very difficult to find a given story. And most of the "annotations" detract from the stories -- there is very little of significance added. I have awarded this enormous book a single star and am donating my boxed set to the public library.
LibraryThing member MoonlightSilver
I got this book as a child and loved it! All my favorite stories with explanations to the little references that didn't make sense to me at the time. Nearly 40 years later, I still treasure it.
LibraryThing member K.Nichols
I got these as a gift from my mother many years ago and have read and re-read them many a time. A nice trip into Victorian England with terrific plots and Holmes' wierd genius for crime scenes and quirky personal behavior.