Abbreviation: SIGN (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 43,372 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Lippincott's Magazine, February 1890. First book edition: Spencer Blackett, 1890. First American edition: P. F. Collier, 1891 (a piracy).
About the title: The original manuscript uses "The Sign of the Four," but that's not Arthur Conan Doyle's writing, so who knows how authoritative it is. Lippincott's magazine followed that reading, but the early book editions went with The Sign of the Four. Modern editions vary: Doubleday uses the four-word title, Oxford the five-word title.
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