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The Darkwater Hall Mystery

Privately printed copy of Amis's The Darkwater Hall Mystery

Kingsley Amis
Limited first edition. Small 8vo. Pp. 35, [1]. Marbled paper wrappers in integral flaps with printed title label to spine. Three b/w line drawings, one full-page, by Elspeth Sojka. Limited edition of 165 copies, of which this is number 94. Hand-printed by Alan Anderson on Abbey Mills paper.
Sherlockian pastiche memoir 'written' by Dr Watson, a shortened version of which first appeared in Playboy (May 1978). Originally a script for a 1974 BBC TV movie adaptation called Doctor Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery, directed by James Cellan Jones and starring Edward Fox in the title role. Amis thought "the reviews were excellent," while writer Alan Barnes called it "[a] part-deconstruction, part-parody of Doyle" that "end[ed] up resembling a long drawn-out shaggy dog story."
[Halliwell A57]
edition
first edition
format
privately printed copy, limited edition
scarcity
scarce
publisher
The Tragara Press
published in
Edinburgh
publication year
1978
ISBN
not assigned
pagination
35 pages
width × height
13.5 × 20.5 cm
genre
literary fiction
language
English
binding style
self-wrappers
binding state
original binding
condition
fine
GBP£ 175
EUR€ 205
USD$ 225
ref.5H3 989