Manuscripts and Archival Material (66)

1. "Antiques & Collecting: Collecting Dates." Birmingham Post, December 12, 1998: 47.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "...Next Thursday at Sotheby's sale rooms in New Bond Street, London, letters, photographs and other documents are being sold which show that this literary giant of extraordinary intellect and maturity was completely and utterly fooled by two small schoolgirls. The documents are among a magnificent collection of Sherlockiana which is being dispersed at an auction, efforts having failed to keep the entire collection - hundreds of books and thousands of other documents together. The collection was formed by Mr Norman L Rosenbaum who began when he was a student at London University, scouring the bookshops of Charing Cross Road and Cecil Court for the author's works...."

2. "Briefly." The Ottawa Citizen, July 11, 1995: C6.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "One of the finest collections of Sherlock Holmes material ever offered for sale is expected to fetch $150,000 at auction in London this month. The July 24 auction will feature first editions, papers and memorabilia relating to one of the world's most famous fictional detectives and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The collection, amassed by Stanley Mackenzie, a former custodian of London's Sherlock Holmes Society who died earlier this year, includes the pipe used by Peter Cushing in his film portrayal of the Victorian detective and a gold cigarette case inscribed, by Conan Doyle, 'Sherlock Holmes.'"

3. "The Case of Doyle's Lost Works is Finally Solved." Birmingham Post, March 17, 2004: 8.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A lost hoard of personal papers belonging to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been discovered in the offices of a legal firm in London. The collection of 3,000 items, which went missing 40 years ago during a legal dispute over his estate, includes personal letters, notes and hand-written manuscripts -80 per cent of which have never been published. The collection will go on display in May before being auctioned by Christie's for an estimated pounds 2 million...."

4. "The case of the Conan Doyle papers." The Hindu, May 20, 2004: 1.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "The [Arthur Conan Doyle] archive, including his unpublished first novel, a rich cache of family letters and handwritten notebooks full of research and musings about works in progress, was expected to bring in about GBP1 million to 1.5 million, according to Christie's, which is handling the sale. But even as the auction house has attracted a stream of Conan Doyle enthusiasts thrilled at the newly released material, it has also been sharply criticised by some scholars and Members of Parliament for allowing the sale because they say crucial legal questions remain unresolved. They also say the material is too important to be sold off piecemeal. Adding to the sense of unease is the mysterious death of Richard Lancelyn Green, a leading Conan Doyle scholar, private collector and a vociferous opponent of the sale."

5. "Conan Doyle story may fetch GBP250,000." The Herald (Glasgow), April 16, 2007: 8.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "The original revised manuscript of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's last Sherlock Holmes stories could fetch GBP250,000 at auction. The Scottish writer made more than 100 changes in black ink to his handwritten copy of The Adventure of the Three Gables, which appeared in The Strand Magazine in October 1926. The following year, the 31 page story of intrigue, theft, deception and deduction appeared as the fourth of his final, 12- story collection entitled The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. In some cases, Conan Doyle crossed out the odd word, replacing it with another. In others, he replaced whole phrases or sentences. Complete manuscripts of Sherlock Holmes stories with such extensive alterations 'are of the utmost rarity', said Marsha Malinowski of auctioneers Sotheby's, who have put an estimate of dollars350,000 (GBP176,000) - dollars500,000 (GBP252,000) on it for their New York sale on June 21. The document was once owned by the Marquis of Donegall and has been in a private American collection since the 1970s. Among those interested in purchasing it may be Edinburgh University...."

6. "Conan the Librarian." New Zealand Archivists 15, no. 2 (2004): 17-18.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // This article presents information on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle a writer. A fascinating account of the story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's personal archives is related in the Weekend Australian Magazine for 17-18 April 2004. The author, Philip Norman, recounts how the whereabouts of Conan Doyle's papers had been a mystery, but that the papers had now come to light and were to be auctioned on 19 May 2004 at Christie's in London.

7. "Expensive, My Dear Watson. Sherlock Holmes Fans Gathered at an Auction in London." The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 25, 1995: E06.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A private collector from Chicago paid $33,000 yesterday for the 1887 edition of an annual Christmas publication that printed the first Sherlock Holmes story. The story, 'A Study in Scarlet,' was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1886 when he was a physician making little or no money. The publishers of Beeton's Christmas Annual paid $40 for the copyright after it was rejected by several other houses. The book was part of a collection of memorabilia relating to the world-famous fictional detective. The collection was amassed by Stanley MacKenzie, who died this year aged 82. It fetched a total of $235,600, a representative of the Sotheby's auction house said...."

8. "GBP148,000 is paid by fans of the great detective." The Times (London), July 25, 1995: 1.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Addition, not deduction, is clue to Sherlock Holmes sale. A Twitch of a deerstalker or the tap of a Meerschaum pipe was enough to catch the auctioneer's eye at Sotheby's yesterday as an outstanding Sherlock Holmes collection was sold for Pounds 148,000. Magazines, books, papers and memorabilia collected by Stanley MacKenzie, a renowned Sherlockian and Basil Rathbone-lookalike who died aged 82 in February, fetched more than double the estimated value...."

9. "Global Reach." American Libraries 38, no. 6 (2007): 42-42.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // The article offers news briefs about libraries. Includes a reference to Doyle. "Scottish celebrities, including actor Sir Seen Connery and author Ian Rankin, have joined the National Library of Scotland's campaign to purchase the archive of Edinburgh-born publisher John Murray, which includes manuscripts and letters from Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Executive provided the bulk of the funding, but the library must raise GBP6.5 million to close the deal. The National Library plans to make the archive widely accessible through exhibitions that will travel the country...."

10. "Global Reach." American Libraries 36, no. 3 (2005): 22-22.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Presents updates on libraries as of March 2005. Under the entry for Scotland, notes "Thanks in part to a GBP7.7-million ($33.2 million) grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Library in Edinburgh has purchased the literary archives of the John Murray publishing house, founded in London in 1768. Hailed as the most historically significant literary archive to become available in the past 100 years, the collection contains some 150,000 letters by such authors as Lord Byron. Charles Darwin, Jane Austen. Benjamin Disraeli, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edith Wharton."

11. "Global Reach." American Libraries 35, no. 8 (2004): 23-23.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Presents world news briefs on libraries as of September 2004. "What may be the world's largest collection of Arthur Conan Doyle memorabilia was donated August 6 to the Portsmouth Library' by the estate of writer Richard Lancelyn Green. The collection includes a full-size recreation of Sherlock Holmes's Baker Street study, and first editions of all Conan Doyle's works."

12. "Holmes 'First Draft' is Printed." Birmingham Evening Mail, March 31, 2001: 9.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A short story thought to be the first ever written by Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been published for the first time. The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe was originally rejected for publication by an Edinburgh-based magazine almost 125 years ago, when Conan Doyle was an 18-year-old medical student. The hand-written book, which featured an early version of the author's most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, remained in the archive of Blackwoods Magazine because Doyle did not include a stamped self-addressed envelope when he sent it in...."

13. "Library's Sherlock Holmes gift." The Herald (Glasgow), July 1, 2006: 10.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // An original Sherlock Holmes manuscript was yesterday donated to the National Library of Scotland (NLS). The Adventure of the Illustrious Client, published in 1927, was gifted by the late daughter of the detective's creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle....The manuscript from Dame Jean Conan Doyle will join the library's collection of Conan Doyle material, which contains around 60 letters and another short story manuscript....The manuscript was handed over by Charles Foley, executor of Dame Jean's estate."

14. "Mystery of Sherlock Holmes' missing papers." The Irish Times, March 20, 2004: 20.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Forty years after their disappearance, the lost personal papers of the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have been found in London. They will be put up for auction by Christie's in May of this year and are sure to generate interest from his fans worldwide. They are expected to make about (pounds) 2 million. The collection consists of the contents of Sir Arthur's writing desk at the time of his death, personal letters to his family, handwritten manuscripts (the bulk of which were never published) and various memorabilia relating to his life. The collection, which was lost in a lawyer's office in London, caused great excitement in Christie's Books and Manuscripts Department when it had the job of opening the dozen or so cardboard boxes which contained it. Many of these papers were listed in the 1949 biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Dickson Carr but they were lost fairly soon afterwards and as a result, have been unavailable to contemporary researchers...."

15. "A new home for Sherlock Holmes." Daily Mail (London), August 6, 2004: 19.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle memorabilia, including a hint of how Sherlock Holmes got his name, is moving. Writer Richard Lancelyn Green, who died in March, has left the 20,000 items, worth more than Pounds 2million, to Portsmouth library...."

16. "On the literary front." TLS, no. (2005): 12-13.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Presents commentary on the role of leading British writers in the war of words and ideas that coincided with the First World War. How unpublished files in the National Archives provide insight into the careers of Arnold Bennett, John Buchan, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling and H.G. Wells; Examples of the writings.

17. "Papers of Sherlock Holmes creator sell for half of what auction house expected." National Post (Canada), May 20, 2004: A15.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A collection of long-lost papers giving a rare glimpse into the private life of Sherlock Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was sold at auction in London for almost (ps)1-million ($2.3- million) yesterday, about half of what had been estimated. The 3,000 letters, notes and manuscripts fetched (ps)948,546, auction house Christie's said....The auction has ignited a furor among politicians and Holmes enthusiasts, with some saying the collection should have been bequeathed to the nation rather than sold off piecemeal. It took place against the backdrop of the bizarre death of a leading Holmes expert...."

18. "Save those love letters!". Writer 117, no. 11 (2004): 10-10.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Presents information on personal papers and love letters owned by writers that were sold at several auctions. Love letter from James Joyce to his wife; Collection of personal papers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Family photo album belonging to A. A. Milne.

19. "Sherlock Holmes collection sold." The Toronto Star, July 25, 1995: C7.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "American bidders pushed up prices yesterday at an auction of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia from the late British Holmes expert, Stanley MacKenzie, which sold for nearly $236,000 at Sotheby's. That figure was nearly double pre-auction estimates."

20. "Sherlock Holmes Creator Helps Unlock Home Rule Mystery." Belfast News Letter (Northern Ireland), May 21, 2004: 20.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Personal papers belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have given an insight into his views on Home Rule for Ireland. The letters, notes and manuscripts went under the hammer this week at Christie's, fetching pounds 1m. Doyle - famous as the creator of the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes - stood twice for Parliament as a Unionist, the Conservative Party having changed its name after the first Home Rule Bill, endorsing tariff reform and supporting one parliament for the UK. By 1912, the year of the Ulster Covenant, he had a change of heart...."

21. "Sherlock Holmes items to be sold." The Gazette (Montreal), July 11, 1995: C7.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "One of the finest collections of Sherlock Holmes material ever offered for sale is expected to fetch $150,000 Canadian at auction in London this month, Sotheby's said yesterday. The July 24 auction will feature first editions, papers and memorabilia relating to one of the world's most famous fictional detectives and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The collection was amassed by Stanley Mackenzie, a former custodian of London's Sherlock Holmes Society, who died this year. The items for sale include the pipe used by Peter Cushing in his film portrayal of the Victorian detective and a gold cigarette case inscribed, by Conan Doyle, 'Sherlock Holmes.'"

22. "A tangled skein." Economist 371, no. 8376 (2004): 77-78.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // The author reports on a controversial auction of private papers of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at Christie's in London this week. The long unseen collection shows that Conan Doyle was not only one of the most popular writers of the 20th century--he has still outsold J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien put together--but a public figure who took an active interest in politics and war, championed many private causes and gave GBP250,000 (millions in today's money) to further the interests of spiritualism. Befittingly, the auction has not been without controversy, not least thanks to the mysterious death of Richard Lancelyn Green, a former chairman of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, who was found garrotted in his locked bedroom in March. There was not enough evidence for the coroner to rule it was suicide, but enough for believers in the" Conan Doyle curse" to suspect foul play worthy of Holmes's attention. Lancelyn Green believed that some of the papers in the auction had rightfully been left to the British Library, and he told the Times newspaper that he had written to Christie's asking them not to go ahead with the sale, which Christie's denies. Would-be Conan Doyle biographers, as well as the British Library, have expressed disappointment that the material in the auction has now been dispersed.

23. "Two pipes, a pile of earth." USA Today, July 12, 1995: 09A.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Two pipes, a pile of earth . . . and a cigarette case? What can it all mean? Elementary: one of the most comprehensive collections of Sherlock Holmesia is going on sale later this month, Sotheby's auction house announced. The collection, from the estate of Stanley MacKenzie, a senior member of the Sherlock Holmes Society, includes a rare edition of Beeton's 1887 Christmas Annual."

24. Alberge, Dalya. "Holmes archive row ends in GBP2m bequest." The Times (London), August 6, 2004: 11.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "The world's leading authority on Sherlock Holmes, who was found garotted on his bed three months ago, has bequeathed his Pounds 2 million collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's papers to the nation. Richard Lancelyn Green was found dead at 50 after trying in vain to stop the sale of another Pounds 2 million collection of Doyle papers, some of which he felt should have been left to the British Library. An open verdict on his death was recorded. Mr Lancelyn Green left more than 20,000 Doyle manuscripts and memorabilia, amassed over more than 40 years, to Portsmouth, where Dr Conan Doyle had his medical practice and where he created his legendary detective...."

25. Bannerman, Lucy. "For sale: Sherlock Holmes rarity in the author's hand." The Times (London), June 6, 2008: 11.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "The name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on a manuscript usually spreads feverish chequebook writing among book collectors. But the latest to come on the market will test the bank balance of even the most ardent fan. The complete manuscript of a Sherlock Holmes short story, written in Conan Doyle's elegant hand and bound for the author himself, will be one of the highlights of the Antiquarian Book Fair in London today, with a price tag of Pounds 250,000. The 28-page edition of The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, written in 1911, is one of the few complete Sherlock Holmes stories to survive the squabbles, scandals and mysterious deaths that have cursed the Conan Doyle estate...."

26. Brocklebank, Jonathan. "What price Conan Doyle? An elementary GBP250,000." Daily Mail (London), June 7, 2008: 41.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "The slim volume contains only 28 pages and the story told on them is far from the author's most celebrated. But the 97-year-old manuscript in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's own meticulous hand went on sale yesterday for [pounds]250,000. The short story, The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, is one of 56 Sherlock Holmes mysteries written by the Edinburgh-born author, but manuscripts in his handwriting are rare and highly prized. The tale comes a long way down the list of favourite Sherlock Holmes adventures but experts say the handwritten text with pencilled corrections gives a fascinating insight into the working methods of the prolific author. Conan Doyle had the volume bound for himself in 1911, although the story was not seen by the public until it was serialised in the pages of The Strand magazine. It was later published in a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories entitled His Last Bow. The book went on sale at the Antiquarian Book Fair in London with a price tag of [pounds]250,000 - but vendor Alex Hime, from Beverly Hills, California, said he might be prepared to consider a small reduction to a good customer...."

27. Brown, Allan. "The curious case of old Conan Doyle." Sunday Times (London), August 22, 2004: 4.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Observations on Doyle, Edinburgh, the fate of various Doyle papers, the Christie's auction, Richard Lancelyn Green, Owen Dudley Edwards, and Charles Foley.

28. Cameron, Lucinda. "Sherlock Holmes and Amazing Case of the Doctor Who Inspired Him; Conan Doyle Archive Material to Go on show for First Time." Daily Mail (London), April 17, 2006: 28.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Discusses new exhibit in Edinburgh. "'A fantastically observant man' , he was a doctor rather than a detective, though he did wear a deerstalker hat and cloak. Dr Joseph Bell even used a magnifying glass, although it is not clear whether he ever smoked a pipe. Now, fascinating archive material about to go on public display for the first time has revealed just how much of an inspiration he was for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective...."

29. Cannon, Peter, and Jeff Zaleski. "Mystery Notes." Publishers Weekly 249, no. 12 (2002): 46.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Presents a list of several mystery books. They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels, edited by Jim Huang; The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Reader: From Sherlock Holmes to Spiritualism, edited by Jeffrey Meyers; Angels of Darkness: A Drama in Three Acts, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

30. Chesterton, G. K., Steven Doyle, Baker Street Irregulars, and Bloomington) Lilly Library (Indiana University. G.K. Chesterton's Sherlock Holmes original illustrations : a facsimilie of the original unpublished drawings, (Baker Street Irregulars manuscript series). New York, Bloomington, Ind: The Baker Street Irregulars in cooperation with the Lilly Library, Indiana University, 2003.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- LC Control Number: 2003279281 // "Offers a facsimile of Chesterton's illustrations for a never-published edition of the stories, scholarly articles on Chesterton by Dale Ahlquist and Pasquale Accardo, commentary on the artwork by Scott Bond, and reprints of four Sherlockian essays by Chesterton."

31. Cornwell, Tim. "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Writer's Vanishing Treasures." The Scotsman, May 14, 2004: 7.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Scotland's foremost expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has launched a last-minute campaign to ensure that recently-discovered papers by the Sherlock Holmes author, which are due to be auctioned by Christie's, are saved for the British nation. Owen Dudley Edwards, a historian at Edinburgh University and editor of The Oxford Sherlock Holmes, is calling on the government to step in to ensure that a key part of the Edinburgh-born author's legacy is saved for researchers and the public. 'When this sale was announced there was tremendous surprise and anger,' he said. 'I am thinking about posterity - for the next 100 to 200 years.' The Edinburgh South MP, Nigel Griffiths, has taken up Professor Edwards' cause, calling on Estelle Morris, the UK culture minister, to block the auction and explore ways of saving the Doyle archive...."

32. Cowan, James. "Conan Doyle saw greatness in Canada: Toronto library acquires collection of author's notes during visits here." National Post (Canada), November 18, 2004: A9.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved Canada -- its landscape, its government, its literature. The creator of Sherlock Holmes came to North America three times between 1894 and 1922, travelling for different reasons but almost exclusively by private rail car. In 1914, he was headed to the National Reserve in Jasper, Alta., as an invited guest of the Canadian government. He stopped at Canadian Clubs along the way -- in Winnipeg, Fort William, Ont., and Hamilton, among other cities -- delivering speeches on literature....Doyle's speaking notes were among the items acquired last spring by the Toronto Public Library at an auction at Christie's in London and directly from the Doyle estate. Toronto has the only public library collection in the world dedicated to Arthur Conan Doyle, contained in a wood-panelled room on the fifth floor of the Toronto Reference Library...."

33. Doyle, Arthur Conan, Baker Street Irregulars (Organization : U.S.), and Berg Collection. The hound of the Baskervilles a facsimile of the original manuscript. New York: Baker Street Irregulars in cooperation with the New York Public Library, Berg Collection, 2001.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- Includes bibliographical references. Scuttlebutt Feb 2002. // Chapter XI. "Offers a facsimile and a transcription of the only complete chapter surviving (and now in the Berg Collection at the N.Y. Public Library), with commentary on the story by ten Sherlockian and Doylean scholars. It's always a pleasure to be able to see an author at work, and manuscripts are a delightful way to do just that, watching the author change his mind, and speculating as to the reasons."

34. Doyle, Arthur Conan, John Bergquist, Phillip G Bergem, Thomas R Tietze, Julie McKuras, Sherlock Holmes Collections (University of Minnesota), Arthur Conan Doyle Society, and Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota (Organization). The horror of the heights a facsimile of the author's holograph manuscript with commentary. Ashcroft, B.C: Calabash Press, 2004.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- Contents: Preface / by Michael Dirda -- Introduction / by Phillip Bergem -- Rationalism and imagination in Conan Doyle's 'The Horror of the Heights' / by Thomas R. Tietze -- Appendix: Manuscript description -- A note on the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota / by Julie McKuras //

35. Doyle, Arthur Conan, Peter E Blau, and Baker Street Irregulars (Organization : U.S.). Angels of darkness a drama in three acts ; a facsimile of the original manuscript, (Baker Street Irregulars manuscript series). New York: Baker Street Irregulars in cooperation with the Toronto Public Library, 2001.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- Includes bibliographical references. Contents: Introduction / by Peter E. Blau -- Angels of darkness / by Arthur Conan Doyle -- History of the manuscript of Angels of darkness / by Clifford S. Goldfarb -- Angels of darkness and the absence of Sherlock Holmes / by Christopher Roden -- Angels of darkness and its theatrical context / by Don B. Wilmeth -- The Mormon subplot in A study in scarlet and Angels of darkness / by Michael W. Homer. Scuttlebutt Feb 2002. // "Begun by Arthur Conan Doyle in the 1880s and never finished, now published for the first time, with a facsimile of the first scene and a transcription of the complete manuscript (now owned by the Toronto Public Library), with scholarly commentary on the play and its theatrical context, and on the Mormon subplot and the absence of Sherlock Holmes, and on the manuscript's history. And yes: Sherlock Holmes is indeed absent, but many others from 'A Study in Scarlet' (including John Watson, MD) are active participants."

36. Doyle, Arthur Conan, Vincent Delay, and Ernest Giddey. The Adventure of Shoscombe Abbey fac-similé du manuscrit original. Lausanne, Suisse: Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire, 2002.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- Includes bibliographical references //

37. Doyle, Arthur Conan, Lew David Feldman, and Manson & Woods Christie. The Conan Doyle Collection, Wednesday 19 May 2004, (Catalogue of auction). London: Christie's, 2004.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- Contents: Lots 1-8, Early life -- 9-37, Literary career -- 38-51, Theatre -- 52-59, Causes and public life -- 60-65, Spiritualism -- 66-73, Military -- 74-79, Sport and travel -- 80-90, Family life -- 91-120, Correspondence -- 121-135, Biography // The titles in this catalogue are the residual material owned by Anna Doyle's beneficiaries. Cf. p. 9

38. Doyle, Arthur Conan, Roy Pilot, Gianluca Salvatori, Enrico Solito, and Bloomington) Lilly Library (Indiana University. Mandate for murder a facsimile of the original manuscript of 'The Adventure of the Red Circle' by Arthur Conan Doyle, and commentary, (The Baker Street Irregulars manuscript series). New York: The Baker Street Irregulars. Lilly Library of Indiana University, 2006.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- Includes bibliographical references. Added Title: Adventure of the red circle //

39. Doyle, Arthur Conan, Christopher Roden, Barbara Roden, and Arthur Conan Doyle Society. A regimental scandal. Penyffordd, Chester, U.K: Arthur Conan Doyle Society, 1995.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- LC Control Number: 96143609. Contents: A regimental scandal : the manuscript -- A regimental scandal : the text //

40. Duncan, Raymond. "Lost papers of Conan Doyle sell for GBP 1m." The Herald (Glasgow), May 20, 2004: 10.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Long-lost papers providing a compelling insight into the private life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Scots-born creator of Sherlock Holmes, have been sold at auction for just under (pounds) 1m. The 3000 personal letters, notes and manuscripts, missing for 40 years, had been expected to fetch around double that figure, but Christie's in London said last night that 104 of the 135 lots were sold, fetching a total of (pounds) 948,546...."

41. Fisher, Benjamin Franklin. "The Poets of the Nineties." Victorian Poetry 40, no. 3 (2002): 328-332.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Includes reference to Doyle and Holmes. "Several recent books merit attention as important contributions to 1890s studies....Two books that might not immediately suggest '1890s,' but that nevertheless relate to our concerns, merit notice in the anniversary year of the primary text, Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, one of the most poetic pieces of fiction during the era, and certainly his most poetic piece of prose. First, a new edition, edited and annotated by Leslie S. Klinger (Gasogene Books), a title in the 'Sherlock Holmes Reference Library' series, offers a useful text of the novel, with explanations for variant readings (most from published texts, as only a small part of Doyle's novel survives in manuscript form), with helpful explanatory notes and an extensive, equally valuable, bibliography of secondary works. Despite the admittedly zany nature of some of the secondary items, sufficient meat and potatoes for the more serious make this a book not to be overlooked by students of the era. Dovetail reading appears in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Chapter XI (Baker Street Irregulars in cooperation with the New York Public Library--Berg Collection [2001]), which offers a facsimile of the one entire chapter extant in manuscript form, along with essays by eminent Doyle scholars concerning the nature of the novel. Reiterated comments about the importance of sense of place and landscape reveal just how linked The Hound is to other Nineties texts, such as Housman's, and how poetic is its technique, with, for example, Watson as 'chorus' (p. 68). One critic also compares this revival of legend and myth (Victorian poets' repeated practices), folk hero (Holmes) and all, to Beowulf (pp. 64-65)."

42. Green, Richard Lancelyn. "The Manuscript of 'Shoscombe Old Place'." Canadian Holmes 30, no. 4 (2007): 5-9.

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43. Grimston, Jack. "Conan Doyle hidden archive could fetch E2.9m at auction." Sunday Times (London), March 14, 2004: 13.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A campaign by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, to have British soldiers in the first world war issued with body armour has been revealed in a long-unseen collection of his papers that has turned up on the London auction market. Inspired by his own medieval tales, Conan Doyle, who had been a medic in the Boer war, believed armour would reduce the slaughter on the western front. He sent letters on the subject to David Lloyd George, the prime minister, and Sir Douglas Haig, the commander-in- chief. The 3,000 items in the archive, to be sold by Christie's in May, include written exchanges between Conan Doyle and his family and notebooks for many of his works. One is a sketch for A Study in Scarlet, the first Holmes story, which is expected to fetch between Pounds 100,000 and Pounds 150,000 (E146,000 and E220,000). There are also letters from famous figures such as Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. The collection is valued at about Pounds 2m (E2.953m). Jane Flower, manuscripts consultant at Christie's, said it was the best archive she had seen at auction in 30 years. But the collection, which is being sold by distant relatives of the author, is likely to be broken up, with much of it going abroad...."

44. Harris, Christopher. "Arts Ink: Memorabilia Holmesiana for sale." The Globe and Mail (Toronto), July 13, 1995: C1.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "What Sotheby's is calling one of the finest collections of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia ever offered for sale is expected to fetch about L70,000 (roughly $145,000) when it goes on the block in London on July 24. The collection, amassed by a former custodian of the Sherlock Holmes Society, includes papers, first editions and other materials relating to the legendary fictional detective and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...."

45. Harvey, A. D. "Texts by twentieth-century novelists in the public record office." Notes & Queries 46, no. 4 (1999): 493.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Lists non-fiction unpublished texts by British novelists which are being preserved among the official files of the Public Record Office at Kew, England. Includes 'Memorandum on British interests in Romania,' by John Buchan; 'An Investigation into the Effects of Dust Inhalation in Haematite Mines,' by A.J. Cronin; A memo on spiritualists written by Arthur Conan Doyle for James Ramsay MacDonald.

46. Hyder, William. "The Napoleon bust business again" a facsimile of the original manuscript of 'The Adventure of the Six Napoleons' by Arthur Conan Doyle and commentary, (The Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series). New York: The Baker Street Irregulars ; in cooperation with the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 2004.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- Includes bibliogrphical references. Scuttlebutt Feb 2004. // "Offering a facsimile and transcript of the manuscript of 'The Adventure of the Six Napoleons', and discussion of the manuscript, some of the dramatizations of the story, Conan Doyle's investment in a machine designed to create multiple copies of sculptures, the Borgias and black pearls, Victorian journalism, Italians in Victorian London, all by knowledgeable Sherlockian scholars."

47. Jury, Louise. "Conan Doyle's Manuscripts Reveal a Meticulous Chronicler." The Independent (London), December 2, 2004: 22.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Recently acquired papers and manuscripts belonging to Sherlock Holmes's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, reveal him to be a meticulous chronicler of the minutiae of his life. He detailed seances he attended, the books he read, the cricket matches he played in (including bowling out W G Grace), the number of words he wrote and what he was paid in a series of notebooks which are part of a treasure trove of more than 2,000 documents obtained by the British Library this year...."

48. Kennedy, Maev. "Flipside of Conan Doyle: Auction of romantic manuscripts from Sherlock Holmes creator." The Guardian (London), October 17, 2003: 12.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "...A collection of Conan Doyle manuscripts, which have remained in his family for the past century, is to be auctioned at Christie's in London in aid of a number of charities. It includes the original manuscript of the book he insisted should have a print run of 15,000 copies, against the judgment of his publishers. A Duet with an Occasional Chorus, which appeared in 1889, was not what fans of A Study in Scarlet or The Sign of the Four expected...."

49. Klinger, Leslie S. "A Study in Manuscripts." Canadian Holmes 30, no. 3 (2007): 15-31.

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50. Lyall, Sarah. "A new case worthy of Sherlock himself." International Herald Tribune, May 19, 2004: 1.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "For 25 years the cardboard boxes, 15 of them, sat in a corner of a London solicitor's office, gathering dust while lawyers argued about who they belonged to and scholars dreamed about what was inside. But the auction on Wednesday of their contents 3,000 letters, manuscripts, papers and other items belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes has provoked another angry fight and a mystery almost worthy of Holmes himself. The Conan Doyle archive, which includes the author's unpublished first novel, a rich cache of family letters and handwritten literary notebooks full of research and musings about works in progress, is expected to fetch about l1 million, according to Christie's, which is handling the sale. But even as the auction house plays host to excited Conan Doyle collectors, it has been criticized by some scholars and members of Parliament for allowing the sale to go ahead when, they say, several important legal questions remain unresolved...."

51. ———. "A Tussle Over a Cache of Conan Doyle's Artifacts Ends With an Auction." New York Times, May 19, 2004: E.1.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // Similar to her article in the International Herald Tribune. "...The unavailability of the material has frustrated and tantalized Conan Doyle scholars for years. A 1949 biography by the American mystery writer John Dickson Carr drew on the papers and included a list without going into detail about their contents, and a French biographer read them in the 1960's, but no researchers have been allowed to see them since. 'Having access to these papers will really open things up,' Miss Cooke said. But like some other Conan Doyle scholars, she is troubled by the sale, she said. There is the fear that the collection would be broken up and sold to anonymous collectors uninterested in making them available to academics. And there is a concern about the murky disposition of what remains of Conan Doyle's prodigious estate...."

52. MacDonald, Marianne. "Sherlock Holmes fan wins his case in US golf case." The Independent (London), July 25, 1995: 6.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "One of the world's most important collections of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia sold for almost pounds 150,000 at Sotheby's yesterday, but confirmed fears that many of the best items would go abroad. The books, posters, pipes and magazines had been amassed by Stanley MacKenzie, an expert "Sherlockian". His wife put up the collection for auction after his death aged 82 in February. It was the most significant sale of Holmes memorabilia for 15 years and attended by fans and experts from across the world. Many smaller collectors were dismayed by the prices many of the books, magazines and posters fetched. In many cases these were double the estimate, but sometimes more...."

53. Petkus, Donald A. "Lone Star Treasures: ACD Manuscripts and Materials at the University of Texas-Austin." Baker Street West 1 10, no. 1 (2004): 13-14.

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54. Pogrebin, Robin. "When Sherlock Got His Quirks." The New York Times, December 3, 1996: C13.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "It was a late summer evening in 1889 when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sat down to dinner at the Langham Hotel in London with an American publishing agent who had come to commission new works of fiction for Lippincott's monthly magazine. Oscar Wilde was also at the table, and the young writers engaged in mutual flattery. They also discussed such topics as future wars and what Doyle later called 'the cynical maxim that the good fortune of our friends made us discontented.' By the end of the meal, the publishing agent, J. M. Stoddart, had tacked down what he had traveled all the way from Philadelphia for: commitments from Doyle and Wilde that each would write a short novel for Lippincott's. As a result, Wilde produced 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and Doyle the second appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, in 'The Sign of Four.' Doyle's handwritten final draft of that story, the oldest surviving complete Sherlock Holmes manuscript, will be auctioned tomorrow at Sotheby's for an anonymous seller. It is expected to bring $250,000 to $350,000...."

55. Shaw, John. "Last chapter in strange case of the literary detective." The Times (London), July 11, 1995: 1.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A fascination with Sherlock Holmes, which turned a schoolboy into a literary detective, will lead to a Pounds 70,000 book sale in London this month. Stanley MacKenzie became a world authority on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective and his collection of first editions, reference books and papers is regarded as the finest in Europe. As an honorary member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, Mr MacKenzie, who lived in west London and died aged 82 earlier this year, had been consulted frequently by playwrights and film-makers. The material he collected will now be sold at Sotheby's on July 24...."

56. Smith, Lewis. "'Curse of Conan Doyle' strikes Holmes expert in Pounds 2m challenge." The Times (London), Apr 13, 2004: 8.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // The body of Richard Lancelyn Green was discovered when police broke into his home in Kensington, London. He was one of the foremost authorities on Conan Doyle and had concerns about the eventual destination of a Pounds 2 million collection of the author's papers that he felt should go to the British Library but which are instead due for auction...."

57. ———. "The mysterious death of the Conan Doyle expert." The Ottawa Citizen, Apr 24, 2004: A.12.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "The world's foremost authority on the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes was found strangled on his bed after trying to stop a $5-million auction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle papers. In a mystery that would have had [Holmes] reaching for his violin, Richard Lancelyn Green was discovered in his locked millionaire's apartment surrounded by his own Conan Doyle collection...."

58. ———. "Puzzle of Holmes expert's death by garotte unsolved." The Times (London), Apr 24, 2004: 7.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // The world's foremost authority on the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes was found garotted on his bed after trying to stop a Pounds 2 million auction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle papers....'There was to be a sale of certain books and documents belonging to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,' Dr [Paul Knapman] said. 'There's no doubt Mr Green thought it shouldn't go ahead. He was very anxious these documents should go to the British Library. I'm going to record an open verdict but in doing so I would not wish to stress the importance of any conspiracy theories.'..."

59. Speckled Band Collection (Houghton Library), John Pull, H. W. Bell, and Roger E. Stoddard. A catalogue of Sherlockian books and manuscripts. Boston: Speckled Band, 1994.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- LC Control Number: 95103791 //

60. Stock, Randall. "Perfect Reproductions: Some Notes on Canonical Manuscripts." Baker Street Journal: An Irregular Quarterly of Sherlockiana 53, no. 2 (2003): 46-48.

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61. Travis, Alan. "G-men rallied to aid Sherlock Holmes : Scotland Yard turned to FBI to find Conan Doyle collection." The Guardian (London), February 15, 2001: 8.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "J. Edgar Hoover called in his special network of 'G-men' when Scotland Yard turned to the FBI for help in solving the case of the disappearance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's crime library from his house at Crowborough in Sussex. The Metropolitan police case file released yesterday at the public record office shows that Conan Doyle's two sons and heirs, Denis and Adrian, appealed for Scotland Yard's help in 1945 when an American magazine led them to suspect that the collection of real crime stories their father had used to create the plots and character of Sherlock Holmes stories had been stolen...."

62. Watson, Peter. "For Sale all the Evidence of a Great Detective." The Guardian (London), June 11, 1995: 6.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Baker Street Irregulars will this week be invited to one of the greatest gatherings Sherlock Holmes buffs have known. The jamboree is not at 221B Baker Street, mythical home of the great pipe-smoking detective, but round the corner in Bond Street, where the world's largest and most important collection of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes memorabilia is about to go under the hammer at Sotheby's. The collection of Stanley MacKenzie, actor and deputy stage manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company -- who died in February, aged 82 -- probably contains not just everything Arthur Conan Doyle wrote on Holmes, but everything written about Holmes, together with memorabilia from every play, film and TV adaptation...."

63. ———. "Sherlock Holmes collection on London auction block." The Ottawa Citizen, June 15, 1995: F16.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Baker Street Irregulars will this week receive invitations to one of the greatest gatherings Sherlock Holmes buffs have known. The jamboree is not at 221B Baker Street, mythical home of the great pipe-smoking detective, but round the corner in Bond Street, where the world's largest and most important collection of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes memorabilia is about to go under the hammer at Sotheby's. The collection of Stanley MacKenzie, actor and deputy stage manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company -- who died in February, aged 82 -- probably contains not just everything Arthur Conan Doyle wrote on Holmes, but everything written about Holmes, together with memorabilia from every play, film and television adaptation...."

64. Woods, Audrey. "Conan Doyle's archive wrapped up in mystery; Author's 'lost' papers on display before sale Auction follows bizarre death of Holmes scholar." Toronto Star, May 15, 2004: A.08.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Family and friends said [Richard Lancelyn Green] had become fixated on the Conan Doyle archive, believing it should be available to students and scholars, not sold and dispersed. 'He might have been in the prime position to write the definitive biography of Conan Doyle,' said his friend, Nicholas Utechin, editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal. At Christie's, [Tom Lamb] said the auction house had consulted Lancelyn Green - co-author of an important bibliography of Conan Doyle - as an expert and 'he was very happy to help us.' In fact, eight of the photographs that illustrate the sale catalogue are 'by courtesy of Richard Lancelyn Green.' The auctioneer expects the sale will earn about $3.5 million (U.S.) for the beneficiaries of the author's daughter-in-law, Anna Conan Doyle. In the 1940s and 1960s, two Conan Doyle scholars had access to the papers, but after the death in 1970 of the author's son Adrian, court battles broke out over the estate, and the collection was locked up in a lawyer's office for about 25 years."

65. ———. "Mystery Attends Conan Doyle Auction; Sale Follows Strange Death of Sherlock Holmes Scholar." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO), May 16, 2004: A.15.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts got a rare glimpse into the private world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as thousands of personal papers - from his passport to his jotted-down story ideas - went on display Friday. At the same time, the archive has become entwined in a mystery worthy of Conan Doyle's celebrated fictional detective: the bizarre death of a Holmes scholar. The papers are to be auctioned Wednesday, perhaps to disappear again into the obscurity of private ownership, a fate that had obsessed Richard Lancelyn Green, a former chairman of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London...."

66. Wordsworth, Araminta. "Conan Doyle auction opens amid mystery: Sherlock Holmes expert who opposed sale found dead." National Post, May 18, 2004: A.3.

NOTE // ABSTRACT --- // "A treasure-trove of material on the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is to be auctioned off at Christie's in London tomorrow against the backdrop of a mysterious death that might have fascinated the man who created Sherlock Holmes. Mr. [Richard Lancelyn Green], a former chairman of the Sherlock Holmes Society and author of a biography of Conan Doyle, was discovered dead in his bed on March 27. He was surrounded by fluffy toys . Nearby was a bottle of gin. Friends and relatives of Mr. Lancelyn Green said the biographer was upset that the Conan Doyle papers were going to be sold off at auction piecemeal. He wanted them to be given to the British Library so they could be used by scholars, rather than disappear into private hands."



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