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It was finally accepted by Chatto and Windus, who waited to release the book until the serial had ended. But in March an American edition was announced, and a copyright entry appeared, according to Green and Gibson (p. 32), hi the name of John W. Lovell, with an 1889 date. Now this is very strange. For John W. Lovell was a pirate among pirates, and was (with colleagues in the cheap-reprint business) among those who successfully lobbied against the copyright bill that had been before the Congress in early 1890.

10 it Sherlock Holmes was always maps, prints, Among the Pirates called, provided that to obtain copyright not only and what-have-you must be produced type set or plates made books but from in the United States in the country. The Copyright Act, Title 60 Chap. 3, Revised Statutes of the United States, would be tinkered with frequently in subsequent years, most thoroughly in 1905, before an entirely new Act on entirely different principles would sweep it away eighty years later. But the Chace Act of 1891 was the watershed which among other things determined what version of the Sherlock Holmes stories would be read in the United States for a hundred years.

B. Lippincott, who in the previous month had triumphantly had in their magazine the first appearance of The Sign of the Four. James Montgomery refers to the "drabness of this shoddy little book," the Lippincott Study? But the career of Sherlock Holmes in America had commenced. Montgomery was apparently unaware of early piracies other than this, for he next goes on to the publication of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1891. Preceding these, however, was what he would have deemed another drab, shoddy little book: Vol.

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