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1 DOYLE, ARTHUR CONAN The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
London George Newnes 1892 & 1894 
First Editions. Two volumes. Inscribed in the first volume by actress Patricia Morison who starred opposite Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in Sherlock Holmes In Dressed to Kill in 1946. Considered the finest villainess to appear in Rathbone-Bruce series of films she has written a terrific two page inscription in The Adventures volume: “Making ‘Dressed To Kill' was one my of most exciting and enjoyable experiences in film! The artisans, who built and decorated the sets, infused them with a sense of period that seemed so true to the stories, I had no difficulty transforming myself into the complex character of Hilda Courtney. Every afternoon at 4 P.M., the cast and crew were served a delightful traditional English tea for about an hour. Wherever we were everything stopped for tea! This further enhanced the camaraderie between my old friend Nigel ‘Willie' Bruce and the rest of the company. 1946 - What a lovely year! Patricia Morison.” Morison was known as the actress with the longest hair in Hollywood (39” long). She appeared in many Paramount films including starring opposite John Garfield in the film noir The Fallen Sparrow. She became a Broadway star when Cole Porter chose her to play the original lead in his classic musical, Kiss Me, Kate. Both volumes are in the original decorated cloth. The Adventures has an ownership signature dated Christmas 1892. Both volumes have very skillfully repaired hinges, with the usual cloth soiling, rubbing and general wear, very good. Enclosed together in a custom clamshell box. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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