The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The hugely popular book was first published on 7th March1905 by Georges Newnes Ltd and in a Colonial edition by Longmans. 30,000 copies were made of the initian print run. The US edition by McClure, Phillips & co. added another 28,000 copies to the run.
This was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in The Adventure of Final Problem. Having Published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902 (although setting it before Holmes' death ) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive hgis famous charecter.
This collection contains a set of stories from 1894, giving Holmes the period from 1891-94 to explain -"The Great Hiatus". It has been the subject of intense specculation and analysis by Sherlockian enthusiasts.
Also of note is Watson's statement at the end of the cycle that Holmes has retired and forbids him to publish any more stories.