London, George Newnes, 1894.

£ 300

Vol. 7, January to June, pp. 672. Numerous attractive illustrations. Half black morocco and buckram over boards, red speckled fore-edges.

The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine founded by George Newnes on short fiction and articles of general interest. It was published in the United Kingdom from January 1891 to March 1950, running to 711 issues. The Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were first published in The Strand with illustrations by Sidney Paget. With the serialization of Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, sales with their peak. Readers lined up outside the magazine’s offices, waiting for the next installation. E. W. Hornung’s stories about A. J. Raffles, the “gentleman thief”, first appeared at The Strand in the 1890s. Other contributors included Grant Allen, Margery Allingham, JE Preston Muddock, HG Wells, EC Bentley, Agatha Christie, Mary Angela Dickens, CB Fry, Walter Goodman, E. Nesbit, WW Jacobs, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Morrison, Dorothy L. Sayers, Georges Simenon, Edgar Wallace, Max Beerbohm, PG Wodehouse, Dornford Yates and Winston Churchill. On one occasion a sketch by Queen Victoria or one of her children appeared with her permission. In addition to the many fiction pieces and illustrations, The Strand was also known for some time as the source of ground-breaking brain teasers, under a column called “Perplexities”, first written by Henry Dudeney.