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Why does a Sherlock Holmes Complete Treasury book not have all of the Sherlock Holmes´books in it?

Asked by food (792points) February 13th, 2012

I supposed that The Sherlock Holmes Complete Treasury book edited by Avenel that I read when I was little was, indeed, complete. Now it turns out that it didn´t include three novelettes (aka books, like the Hound of the Baskervilles) such as A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. I´m glad that I now have more books to read, but am puzzled. Does anyone know if Arthur Conan Doyle did indeed write these books? Or they were discovered later? Did they exclude those books because they weren´t as appropriate for children, as they were a children´s publisher?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Treasury books are not necessarily complete works.

Here, in The Complete Sherlock Holmes all 4 novels and all 56 short stories are included.

Why don’t some publishers include all works? Most likely it comes down to money.

food's avatar

Yes, I just got that book! I´m glad that there is something new in it to look forward to. It just puzzles me that a “complete treasury” is not really complete. So you´re saying that “complete treasury” does not mean “complete; it really means “collection”.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@food Yep, pretty typically it means collection. Often it’s a collection of the best known.

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“Aha, the game is afoot @food! We have to get to the bottom of this mystery! So come on dear chap, put on your hat. Let us not dawdle anymore than necessary and commence investigating! But, ouch, oh dear me, my arthritis is killing my knee I’m afraid. I see, you already asked Fluther. Well, that’s one effective method to go on about such things. I think I’m just going to sit down contentedly and smoke a pipe, ponder awhile then fall asleep…”

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