HOLMES

[ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A C D.') to 'My dear David' [ David Thomson? ], giving advice regarding the publishing of a poem.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), renowned English author, creator of Sherlock Holmes
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood. Undated [ between 1891 and 1894, judging by the address ].
£750.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight spotting to extremities. A candidate for the recipient of the letter is David Thomson, whom Doyle wrote was 'photographing me writing at my table' in South Norwood on 18 November 1891, and had Conan Doyle write to him and other friends about asking at a library for "Micah Clarke" (revealed in his letter of 26 Feb. 1889, to Mary Doyle). The letter reads: 'My dear David | The average Magazine expects to be paid [last three words underlined] for publishing poetry, so I'm afraid there's no chance for this, tho' the lines are pretty.

[ Garry Black, Irish actor. ] Five Autograph Letters Signed regarding the 'small fit-up Drama Show' he runs 'around the villages in Ireland', four of them to theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan, and one to Tony Blair's grandfather Jimmy Lynton.

Author: 
Garry Black, Irish actor [ Barry Duncan, theatrical bookseller; 'Jimmy Lynton' [ Charles Parsons ] (1887-1970), actor, grandfather of British Prime Minister Tony Blair ]
Publication details: 
Four letters to Duncan from his private address, Pier Gates, Fenit, County Kerry, Eire [ Ireland ]; letter to Lynton from 'Tower Players', Currans, Farranfore, County Kerry, Eire [ Ireland ]. All from 1968.
£200.00

Black's five letters total 9pp. Present in addition are two copies of Typed Letters Signed from Duncan to Black (both written in 1968 from 209 Northumberland Road, Southampton), totalling 3pp. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. In his first letter to Duncan (1 September 1968), Black explains: 'I run a small fit-up Drama Show around the villages in Ireland. There are only two fit-up shows left over here. We only run in a small way (five people), we find that is the only way we can make a living out of it. We only have a three week Rep.

[ Printed First World War pamphlet. ] An Infantryman on Strikes. An Appeal to the Workers of Great Britain | By H. V. Holmes | Sergeant, London Scottish.

Author: 
'Infantryman', Sergeant H. V. Holmes, London Scottish
Publication details: 
'2 - 18 [ i.e. February 1918 ] W. & S. Ltd.'
£30.00

20pp. on shiny art paper. Dimensions of pamphlet 11 x 12 cm. Stapled into grey printed wraps. Holmes is named as the author in the title on the front cover, while the text ends on p.20 with the attribution to '"INFANTRYMAN."' In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The author's case is summed up towards the conclusion: 'Can you see him, Striker, striving, fighting, dying, at a shilling a day, that you may live in comfort at home? Can you see his parents, his wife, his children, his sweetheart, praying daily for his safety, hoping blindly for his return?

[ H. A. Saintsbury, English actor. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'H A Saintsbury') to the playwright and film director Percy Nash, requesting a part in a forthcoming play. With copies of two of Nash's replies, one in autograph.

Author: 
H. A. Saintsbury [ Harry Arthur Saintsbury ] (1869-1939), actor who portrayed Sherlock Holmes on stage and screen [ Percy Nash [ Percy Cromwell Nash ] (1869-1958), actor, dramatist and film director ]
Publication details: 
The first two of Saintsbury's letters from the Hotel Victoria, Brighton, the third from the Green Room Club, 46 Leicester Square, London. All from 1933.
£120.00

All five items in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight rusting to holes from pin which attached them to one another. Saintsbury's three letters are: ONE: 13 June 1933. 2pp., 12mo. He has taken 'a great risk in giving up a five months tour at £25 and a percentage in the hope of your plans maturing soon', but as Nash has been 'perfectly straight' with him, he is not to blame if the matter 'turns out wrong'. He expresses 'such faith' in Nash's venture, and believes it 'must be a great triumph - bar some unforeseen accident'.

[Printed magazine.] 'Sherlock Holmes Centenary' issue of John o'London's Weekly, with contributions by S. C. Roberts, Bernard Darwin, Frank Swinnerton, Anthony Howlett and Michael Pointer, and Winifred Paget.

Author: 
S. C. Roberts; Bernard Darwin; Frank Swinnerton; Anthony Howlett; Michael Pointer, Winifred Paget [John o'London's Weekly; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Sidney Paget; Sherlock Holmes Centenary]
Publication details: 
London: George Newnes Limited, Tower House, Southampton Street, Strand, WC2. 19 February 1954.
£80.00

24pp., 8vo, paginated 161-184. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Roberts contributes 'The Cult of Sherlock'; Frank Swinnerton, 'Holmes - World Figure'; Darwin, 'The Great Holmes Joke'; Howlett and Pointer, 'Holmes on Stage and Screen'; Paget, 'He made Holmes real' ('In this article Winifred Paget writes of her father, Sidney Paget, whose drawings, says Frank Swinnerton on another page, made Holmes "the most universally familiar imaginary figure in two hemispheres'.

[Conan Doyle] Fine signature (end of letter)

Author: 
Arthur Conan Doyle, novelist
Publication details: 
No date
£180.00

End of letter, 11 x 7cm, taped at edges to piece of card, 13.5 x 8cm, good conditon: "Yours very truly | Arthur Conan Doyle".

Some Correspondence on the Subject of the Grant of £1,800, made to the National School of the Hamlet of Highgate, by the Committee of Privy Council for Education.

Author: 
[Highgate National School] [John Holmes, of the British Museum; Nathaniel Basevi; Robert Lingen; Harry Chester; Lewis Vulliamy; William Ford]
Publication details: 
Privately printed [1853?]. [Printed by Cox (Brothers) and Wyman, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields.]
£85.00

8vo: 30 pp. on sixteen leaves (including final blank). Unbound and stitched as issued. Text clear and complete. A scarce item (the only copies on COPAC at the British Library, Lambeth Palace and the Guildhall). On aged, worn and damp-stained paper, with chipping to extremities. Regarding the ' "rumours" alleged against' Ford and Chester ('in reality a definite statement made by a gentleman on the authority of Mr.

Super Detective Library No. 78. All in Pictures. Sherlock Holmes meets the Hound of the Baskervilles and the Missing Heiress [Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles]

Author: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Sherlock Holmes; Super Detective Library [Sherlockiana; comic books, strips]
Publication details: 
No date [1950s]. London: The Amalgamated Press, Ltd., The Fleetway House, Farringdon Street, EC4.
£75.00

Dimensions: 17.5 x 13.5 cm. 64 pp. In original coloured paper covers. Priced at 10d, and thus the British edition and not one produced for the foreign market. Good and tight, on browned paper. Attractive image on front cover showing a bemused Holmes puffing on his pipe as he wanders down a country-house corridor whose walls are covered in paintings, while the spectral figure of the hound's head looms above him.Covers lightly worn and slightly damaged by the rusting of the staples. Both stories are told in comic strip form.

A co-operative [booksellers'] catalogue' entitled 'Detective Fiction: A Century of Crime: First and Early Editions'.

Author: 
R. A. Brimmell; Boris Harding-Edgar (Charles Rare Books)
Publication details: 
Hastings and Hildenborough; [circa 1966].
£120.00

Forty-four pages, octavo, with two-page leaf of addenda loosely inserted. Four pages illustrating seventeen pictorial covers on art paper. In printed card wraps. A worn and creased copy of an influential catalogue, issued at a time when, as the introduction points out 'catalogues devoted to detective fiction [were] something of a rarity in the book trade'.

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