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Sherlock Holmes in London Hardcover – 26 Oct 1989
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vivid scene-setting in the Sherlock Holmes stories has probably done more to shape our image of late 19th century London than any other writer. Holmes and Watson ranged far and wide across the metropolis, and in this uniquely fascinating book Charles Viney retraces their footsteps, collecting over 300 original photographs of London taken between 1879 and 1914. Following the sequence of stories in "The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", each photograph date from the same year as the story, and each photograph, reproduced in glorious duotone, is captioned with historical details. Each location is precisely pinpointed on a Victorian A-Z map, allowing the enthusiast to visit the sites in person.
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Charles Viney is the co-author of three humorous books. One was a satire on astrology (“The Bad News Zodia”), another was an expose of the world of self-help (“Having It All”). “Classic London Shopfronts” was a photographic record of London’s old shopfronts. He spent two years searching old archives to find contemporary photographs of the places mentioned in Conan Doyle’s stories. Viney lives in North London with his wife and son. This book has over 200 original old photographs taken between 1879 and 1914 of places that are linked to events in the stories. This 1995 book has a ‘Contents’, ‘An Atlas of Victorian London’ in its 168 pages. The city of London is still recognizable despite the Blitz and urban redevelopment. Viney omitted the stories set outside London (‘Inntroduction’).
There are eight unnumbered chapters, each one named after a long story or a collection of short stories. Here is the list.
1) A Study in Scarlet.
2) The Sign of Four.
3) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
4) Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
5) The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
6) The Hound of the Baskervilles.
7) His Last Bow.
8) The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.
There are quotes from the stories to accompany each picture. The text seems to be chosen to fit the picture. Since a picture is worth a thousand words there will be no further descriptions here. Conan Doyle was usually very specific in his London addresses and locations, only making changes if a criminal act occurred there (p.7).