Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1944. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (20.5cm); black cloth covered boards, decorated in red with black titles on the cover and spine; red topstain; 363pp. light rubbing only; spine is a shade sunned; spine ends are pushed; Very Good+, lacking the dustjacket.
"We bring you the finest of these parodies and pastiches. They are the next best thing to new stories unrecorded cases of The Great Man, not as Dr. Watson related them, but as some of our most brilliant literary figures have imagined them. These "misadventures" - these Barriesque adventures that might have been are all written with sincere reverence, despite the occasional laughter and fun-pokings, which are only a psychological form of adoration or, perhaps, downright envy. The old proverb "imitation is the sincerest flattery" reveals in a single laconic sentence the comprehensive motif of this book." (from the introduction).