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Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects

From the Collection of Glen S. Miranker

A dazzling collection of rare art and documents illuminate the life of Sherlock Holmes beyond the page.
As one of the most beloved characters in the English language, Sherlock Holmes sometimes seems to have a life of his own, one that leaps beyond the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery stories. Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects aims its magnifying glass toward a host of overlooked extra-literary objects that tell the story of the famed detective’s publication history outside of Doyle’s original canon.

Drawing on their extensive collection of Holmes-related bibliographic material, Cathy and Glen S. Miranker brings to light exhibits ranging from original manuscripts, handwritten letters, business correspondence, vintage book art, pirated editions, and more, all presented in thematic clusters that highlight their significance to the case at hand. Throughout, the Mirankers invite readers to share in the collector’s enthusiasm for the kinds of rarities and oddities that help decipher the appeal of Sherlock Holmes in ways that transcend what can be found on the page.

168 pages | 238 color plates | 9 x 12 | © 2022

Library Science and Publishing: Publishing

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Reference and Bibliography

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“Mighty fine-looking”

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Table of Contents

A Note from the Collector
About the Exhibition and Catalogue
The Hound of the Baskervilles in the UK
The Hound of the Baskervilles in the US
Variant US Hounds
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of Four
Adventures & Memoirs
Artist Sidney Paget
The Death of Holmes & Rebirth of Conan Doyle
The Play’s the Thing
William Gillette: Three Decades as Sherlock Holmes
Conan Doyle’s Return to Sherlock Holmes
Artist Frederic Dorr Steele
The Return Manuscripts
Pirated Editions
Price-Point Tactics Among the Pirates
Flamboyant Covers
Department Store Piracies
Pirate Publisher Catalogues
“Book-A-Day Lovell”
Variant Tales of Sherlock Holmes

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