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How Watson Learned the Trick: A Sherlock Holmes Story (A Miniature Treasure from Queen Mary's Dolls' House)

 
 
Author
Arthur Conan Doyle.
Publisher Candlewick  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 6.95 x 5.8 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780763677626
Pages/Publication Date 93/2014
Daedalus Item Code 73641
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The devoted chronicler of the cases of Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson thinks he has figured out how Holmes arrives at his brilliant deductions, in this exceedingly short story by Arthur Conan Doyle, and tries his hand at it—only to be shown by the laughing Holmes how singular his ability truly is, in this remarkably petite volume from the library of Queen Mary's Dolls' House. One of the finest architectural models ever built, the Dolls' House was originally intended as a grand gift for the queen, an inveterate collector of miniatures. It soon became a showcase for Britain's manufacturing industries, still recovering from World War I, and thousands of companies, craftsmen, and artists vied to contribute to this widely seen and celebrated replica of an aristocratic Edwardian residence. One of the most important rooms was the library, with tiny volumes written specifically for it by Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, J.M. Barrie, Somerset Maugham, and A.A. Milne, to name just a few. With a ribbon marker, gilded page edges, and foil-stamped cloth covers, this superb replica of an actual volume in the Dolls' House Library measures just over 1¾ inches tall. Presented here in a full-sized clothbound case (so as not to get lost on the shelf), it comes with a colorful booklet containing the history of the Dolls' House and a transcript of the book (which is a bit easier to read than the handwritten original).
 
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