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Comment: Hardcover. First Edition. Full Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Hunting the Dartmoor Legend. Illustrated. Text body is free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding firm, but spine is slightly cocked. Dust jacket is slightly creased and marked. Covers slightly marked. Condition: Very Good Condition. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 4to - over 9.75 - 12" tall. 244 pp. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Literature & Literary; Fiction. ISBN: 1855227908 BZDB243 Inventory No: 12723.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Dartmoor Legend (Travel) Hardcover – 29 Jun 2001

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Devon Books; 1st Edition edition (29 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855227908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855227903
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seaburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2012
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This sizeable hardback covers the background and inspiration for the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles. It also features an illustrated copy of the full text of the novel, with very extensive annotations.

This book is categorised as a travel book, and I was expecting a tour of the places in Dartmoor mentioned in the novel, or those places which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle. It does cover these subjects, but far more besides.

The author presents some of the legends about Dartmoor and spectral hounds from other places. He also writes with an amazingly broad knowledge when he discusses earlier novels with similar themes which probably also influenced Doyle's writings.

Various houses and other places are discussed as the possible locations used in the novel. One of the likely contenders as the inspiration for the forbidding Baskerville Hall is in Cromer, on the north Norfolk coast, a long way from Dartmoor. It was in Cromer that Doyle holed up with his friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson. This man is sometimes credited with writing much of the story, although in this book Weller discounts these claims.

This a very detailed book. It is organised with headings and subheadings, making it appear more of an academic study than a book for the general reader. It is however very readable and enjoyable, though the detail is excessive for people who don't use terms such as "Holmesian", "Doylean" - even "Houndain" in their conversations.

I would have been happy with a book a fraction of the size as a simple book about the places on Dartmoor that inspired the book. It's far more than that though and never ceases to be very interesting and well written.
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To start with, the cover of this book has been well designed to grab the attention of the reader. After a brief examination of the text, it will be difficult for any connoisseur of Holmes and Watson not to purchase this book. The annotations which are cross referenced and follow the original story are of particular value. These notes take the reader back to the early 1900's with explanations of historical fact that help to illuminate the story and add to the reading pleasure.

The book will also appeal to those people who love Dartmoor and want to learn more of its history. Many of us who have read the 'Hound' and know Dartmoor, have wondered where the scenes were set or from where inspiration was drawn. Conan Doyle captured the wild, mysterious nature of the moor in his story and Phillip Weller suggests various locations that may have inspired the author.

Weller's knowledge and appreciation of the moor is outstanding after decades of first hand study. The book is a thoroughly good read and there are numerous illustrations that set the scene, including a Victorian map of Dartmoor on the inside covers.
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