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Works By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Doyleana and Sherlockiana


"... In every high profession - be it law, medicine, the Army, or literature - there are certain unwritten laws - a gentlemanly etiquette which is binding upon all, but most binding upon those who have a claim to stand among the leaders of the profession. If those who are successful advertise their own wares, and use the machinery of the Press in order to whet curiosity about their own book before it has come into the hands of the critics, the young aspirant naturally comes to imagine this is the cause of the success, and by his imitating the same tactics the whole tone of the profession becomes lowered."
-- from Letters to the Press

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Bibliographical references are to A Bibliography of A Conan Doyle.
By Richard Lancelyn Green & John Michael Gibson.
New Revised and Expanded Edition.
Boston; London; New York: Hudson House, 2000.


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H-2070
Conan Doyle, Arthur (Gibson, John Michael and Green, Richard Lancelyn, eds). Letters to the Press. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1986. [First edition]. Signed by Green on title page. A fine copy in original gilt lettered blue boards, and decorative blue and black dust jacket with small publisher's lamination fault. This collection of Conan Doyle's press letters range from 1879 ("Gelseminum as a Poison") to 1930 ("Constantinople"), cover all aspect of ACD's career, and refer to many of the major political and social controversies of his time.
$55


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H-2075
Conan Doyle, Arthur. Jelland's Voyage; contained in Harper's Weekly, Vol.XXXVI, no.1873 (November 12, 1892). New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892. Original pictorial covers now almost detached, with short closed tears along spine; light foxing near spine and faint dampstaining along its bottom 1/3, affecting some inner leaves; most of front cover tanned, with similar smaller patch on rear; 2" tear to margin of pp.1101/02. A very good copy.
$45


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H-2082
Campbell, Patrick J. Holmes in the West Country: A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure. Shelburne, Ontario: The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2000. Second impression with corrections. "Published for the 2nd Bimetallic Colloquium held in Montreal in June 2000." As new, in full colour glossy pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.
$15


H-2083
Campbell, Patrick J. Shades of Sherlock. Shelburne, Ontario: The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 1999. Fourth impression, with corrections. With caricatures by Jean Pierre Cagnat and illustrations by Paul G. Churchill. As new, in original gilt-stamped black cloth, and full colour dust jacket, signed by the author.
"This book comprises three [Sherlock Holmes] pastiches, a radio play, and eight Sherlockian articles." (cf. Introduction)
$25

H-2084
Campbell, Patrick J. Tides of the Wight: ... the Gentlemen Go By. Shelburne, Ontario: The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2000. Second printing. "A Drama in Four Acts." As new, in gilt-stamped dark blue cloth, and full-colour pictorial dust jacket, signed by the author.
"My plan was, therefore, to try to write a full-length Sherlockian play ..." (cf. Introduction)
$25

H-2086
Howell, Wayne. The Bacchus Club Mystery. Montreal, Canada: Kylix Media, 1991. [First edition]. At head of title: "A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes." Hardback issue: original dark reddish brown cloth, lettered and decorated (Holmes silhouette with wine glass) in gilt; contents excellent. A fine copy of this Sherlockian oenophile mystery.
$20

H-2087
[----- Another copy]. This one wrapper issue: glossy white light card wrappers lettered and decorated (Holmes silhouette with wine glass) in red and black. As new.
$10

Montgomery, James. Three Trifling Monographs. [n.p.]: the Author, [1952]. [First edition].
H-2092
Symons, Julian. A Three Pipe Problem. London: Collins, 1975. First edition. Original black boards, with a hint of bumping and rubbing at corners; ownership embossing to front endpaper. Black pictorial (Holmes at parking meter) dust jacket; minor rubbing at edges and creasing at spine ends; rear panel dusty. Near fine.
$12

H-2093
Symons, Julian. The Great Detectives: Seven Original Investigations. Toronto: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981. First edition. Nicely illustrated by Tom Adams, in colour and sepia throughout, including Holmes in old age. A fine copy in original cream coloured cloth, and pale yellow pictorial (portraits of the detectives) dust jacket.
Contains the Holmesian pastiche "How a Hermit was Disturbed in his Retirement", as well as those based on Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Nero Wolfe, Ellery Queen, Maigret and Philip Marlowe.
$15

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H-2100
Bradley, C. Alan and Sarjeant, William A.S. Ms. Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth About Sherlock. Dubuque, Iowa: Gasogene Press, 1989. First edition. Original glossy cream coloured wrappers, printed in brown. Hypothesizes that Holmes was, in fact, a woman! As new.
$15


H-2104
Green, Richard Lancelyn, ed. The Sherlock Holmes Letters. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1986. First edition. Signed by the editor, Green, on the title page. A fine copy in gilt lettered red boards and decorative red and black dust jacket. A collection of letters (1887-1978) sent to the Press refering to, calling for or purporting to be by Holmes, Watson, or even Moriarity; includes items by Vincent Starrett, Bernard Darwin, Andrew Lang and Christopher Morley.
$65

H-2105
Greene, Hugh, ed. The American Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. London: The Bodley Head, 1976. First edition. Edited and with introduction by Hugh Greene. Original maroon boards lettered in gilt; lower front corner creased; top edge maroon. Green and black pictorial (Victorian man defending himself) dust jacket clean and crisp. A fine copy of this collection of thirteen detective stories writen by turn-of-the-century American authors who "had it in them to produce one or two stories which, in their very different way, will stand comparison with the work of their English contemporaries."
$15

H-2106
Hammer, David L. For the Sake of the Game: Being a Further Travel Guide to the England of Sherlock Holmes. Dubuque, Iowa: Gasogene Press, 1986. First edition. Profusely illustrated with photographs of sites mentioned in or used as sources in the Sherlockian stories. Original wine-red rexene, lettered and decorated (England) in gilt. As new.
$25

H-2107
Hammer, David L. The Twenty-Second Man - In Re Shelock Holmes: German Agent. Dubuque, Iowa: Gasogene Press, 1989. [First edition]. Signed by the author. As new in mottled black card wrappers lettered in white and light blue.
$20

H-2109
Hardwick, Michael. The Private Life of Dr. Watson: Being the Personal Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1983. First US edition. Original dark tan boards, with cream cloth spine, lettered in gilt; colour pictorial (Watson, with Holmes's shadow) dust jacket clean and bright. A fine copy.
$12

H-2115
Quayle, Eric. The Collector's Book of Detective Fiction. London: Studio Vista, 1972. First edition. Magnificently illustrated in colour and b/w with "photographs by Gabriel Monro" of books, as well as other historical images and engravings. Publisher's terra-cotta cloth; neat ink ownership name on front endpaper. Price-clipped full-colour pictorial (detective in medallion) yellow dust jacket; a touch rubbed at head of spine, bumped at tail; showing a hint of age-toning on verso. A fine copy; with much reference to Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, including chapters on "The Hansom Cab Era", "The Immortals of Baker Street" and "After Holmes".
$35

H-2118
The Sherlock Holmes ... Catalogue of the Collection in the Bars and the Grill Room and in the Reconstruction of part of the Living Room at 221B Baker Street. London: Whitbread & Co., [n.d., 1957]. [First edition]. "With Introductory Essays by A. Lloyd-Taylor and John Dickson Carr, and a Critical Miscellany edited by H. Douglas Thomson." Illustrated with 13 b/w plates. Purple card wraps, with colour pictorial vignette (Holmes), now much creased at corners and joints, rubbed at spine edges and on covers. Ink ownership name on half title. A good copy.
The reconstruction of the sitting room at 221B continues to this day.
$15

H-2119
The Sherlock Holmes ... Catalogue of the Collection in the Bars and the Grill Room and in the Reconstruction of part of the Living Room at 221B Baker Street. London: Whitbread & Co., 1963. Sixth impression. "With Introductory Essays by A. Lloyd-Taylor and John Dickson Carr, and a Critical Miscellany edited by H. Douglas Thomson." Illustrated with 13 b/w plates. Purple card wraps, with colour pictorial vignette (Holmes); light rubbing at spine joints and a touch on edges. A near fine copy.
$15

H-2122
Studies in Scarlet. Dubuque, Iowa: Gasogene Press, 1989. First edition. Illustrations by Kiyoshi Tanaka. Original orange-red light card wrappers, printed in black and white; small nick at head of spine. Fine.
Contains 13 essays on Sherlockian subjects by international scholars and authors (including Michael Hardwick, John Ball, and Bjarne Nielsen), and an introduction by Dame Jean Conan Doyle.
$20

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H-2127
Doyle, Charles Altamont. The Doyle Diary: The Last Great Conan Doyle Mystery. New York & London: Paddington Press, 1978. [First US edition]. "With a Holmesian investigation into the strange and curious case of Charles Altamont Doyle, by Michael Baker." A fine copy in oblong cream boards, lettered in gilt; contents clean and bright. Reddish brown dust jacket, lettered in gilt and pink, with cream pictorial (death and man) medallion; light rubbing to edges and joints. (G&G #E3.126)

Reproduces in facsimile the 1889 colour and b/w sketchbook diary of ACD's father, C.A. Doyle, kept during his incarceration in a Scottish insane assylum.
$15

H-2353
Green, Richard Lancelyn and Gibson, John Michael. A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle. Boston; London; New York: Hudson House, 2000. First revised edition. "With a Foreword by Graham Greene." As new, in original burgundy buckram lettered in gilt on spine; printed dust jacket.
The definitive bibliography, updating the 1983 first edition with 14 pages of "Adddenda and Corrigenda".
$85

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H-2129
[Conference program]. Sherlock Holmes & John Bennett Shaw: The Detective & the Collector. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1995. "The Dedication of the John Bennett Shaw Library of Sherlock Holmes & The Victorian World and the Master Detective, A Memorial Conference, October 13-15, 1995 ..." A fine copy of vertical oblong pamphlet in original pictorial card wrappers, with light paper covers; printed throughout in red and black. Lists almost two dozen program events, held over three days, presented by academics, scholars, collectors, booksellers, and aficionados.
$4


H-2130
[Journal]. Canadian Holmes. "The Magazine of the Bootmakers of Toronto". All issues near fine or better, in pictorial light card wrappers, with address labels.
  1. Vol.7, no.4; St. Jean Baptiste Day (summer) 1984. $5
  2. Vol.9, No.2; Christmas (winter) 1985. $5
  3. Vol.14, No.2; Christmas (winter) 1990. $5
  4. Vol.15, No.3; Lady Day (Spring) 1992 - no adddress label. $5

H-2131
[Magazine article]. Crosby, Harriet E. Was Sherlock Holmes a Closet Presbyterian?; contained in The Presbyterian Record, Vol.CXIV, no.10 (November 1990). Don Mills, Ontario: Presbyterian Church in Canada, 1990. "Excerpted from "Famous shamus a closet Presbyterian" ... Books & Religion ... Spring 1990." Newsprint pages a touch age-toned; fine.
$5

H-2132
[Magazine article]. Dobson, Roger. Sherlock Holmes: The Last Mystery; contained in Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, Vol.XV, no.2 (February 1988). Oxford: ABMR Pubications, 1988. 4 pp. article investigating Holmes's university Alma Mater; Holmes's silhouette to front cover. Hint of age-toning to pages; fine.
$5

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