The Baker Street Irregulars announce the publication of a limited edition boxed set commemorating a century of canonical criticism. The set contains The Grand Game Volume One and Volume Two, with bonus material including a special combined index to both volumes, and a revised and expanded publication about Ronald Knox and the origins of the Grand Game.
Only 100 sets of three specially bound, gilt-stamped volumes in a custom slipcase will be produced. Each book is signed by the editors and others involved in the publication, and includes a hand-numbered limitation page. The set comes in a gold-stamped slipcase displaying a scene of Oxford University.
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The special Limited Edition Boxed Set includes the following four items:
1) The Grand Game, Volume One: 1902–1959 Numerous vexing questions about the Sherlock Holmes stories have stimulated the speculations of distinguished scholars for more than a century. This volume of classic articles covering the years 1902–1959 includes material by such luminaries as Ronald Knox, A.A. Milne, Dorothy L. Sayers, Christopher Morley, Rex Stout, Anthony Boucher, Red Smith, and even Franklin D. Roosevelt. Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with an introduction by King, it provides 66 of the best examples of "the grand game" from the early twentieth century. For more details about the book and its table of contents, see the standard edition of The Grand Game: Volume One.
This limited edition volume comes in a special Oxford blue cloth binding with gold stamped artwork of Trinity College on the cover. It is signed by the editors and publishers on a special hand-numbered limitation page.
437 pages, hardcover, 2011 With more than 40 photographs & illustrations
2) The Grand Game, Volume Two: 1960 – 2010 Editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger complete their sampling of the best and most important pieces of Sherlockian scholarship in the past 100 years. Volume Two has an introduction by Klinger and articles by notable Sherlockians including William S. Baring-Gould, Tupper Bigelow, Bernard Davies, Lord Donegal, Trevor Hall, Michael Harrison, and many others. For more details about the book and a table of contents, see the standard edition of The Grand Game: Volume Two.
This limited edition volume (cover shown above) comes in a special Oxford blue cloth binding with gold stamped artwork of Merton College on the cover. It is signed by the editors and publishers on a special hand-numbered limitation page. The book also includes a combined index to both volumes by Adrian Nebbett, essays by Edgar W. Smith and Sidney Roberts, and a letter from Bernard Davies about The Grand Game.
480 pages, hardcover, 2012 With more than 60 photographs & illustrations
3) From Piff-Pouff to Backnecke: The Full Story Never before available in a single publication, this book offers a detailed look into the history of Ronald Knox and the origins of the Grand Game. It incorporates the 2010 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual by Nicholas Utechin as well as his article "The Case of the First Reading" from the Spring 2011 BSJ which featured newly discovered material. It also includes John Linsenmeyer's appreciation of "Studies in Sherlock Holmes," letters from Ronald Knox to H. W. Bell with annotations by Steven Rothman, and an introduction by Rothman.
This limited edition volume comes in a special Oxford blue cloth binding with a gold stamping on the cover of a quotation about Knox. It is signed by Nicholas Utechin, the other contributors, and the publishers, on a special hand-numbered limitation page.
112 pages, hardcover, 2011 With 14 photographs & illustrations
4) Slipcase The set comes with a gold-stamped slipcase displaying a panoramic scene of the University of Oxford.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I get just one of the limited edition volumes? A: The Limited Edition is available only as part of a three-book set along with its slipcase. Standard editions of The Grand Game Volume One and The Grand Game Volume Two were published separately.
Q: Can I get a standard edition of From Piff-Pouff to Backnecke? A: No, this book is only available with the boxed set. Portions of the book have appeared previously in other publications.
Q: How are the limited edition volumes different from their standard edition counterparts? A: The limited edition volumes have different covers, are signed and numbered, and come with a slipcase for the set. A combined index to Volume One and Two of The Grand Game appears at the end of the Volume Two limited edition and is not in the standard edition. Volume Two of the limited edition also includes extra essays by Edgar W. Smith and Sidney Roberts, and a letter from Bernard Davies. The book From Piff-Pouff to Backnecke is only available as part of the limited edition boxed set.
The standard editions of The Grand Game volumes One and Two come in a pictorial dust jacket as shown on their respective web pages.