Sherlock

[ 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.

[ 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".

[William Pengree Sherlock, watercolour artist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W P Sherlock') to an unnamed recipient, sending his 'last little Effort' in engraving, as proof of his abilities.

Author: 
William Pengree Sherlock (b.1775), watercolour artist and engraver, son of the artist and engraver William Sherlock (1738-1806)
Publication details: 
Cumberland Place, Shepherd's Bush. 21 July 1817.
£120.00

1p., 4to. Good, on aged paper. The letter begins: 'Sir | I shew to you my last little effort which is a Copy from Vertues large Print after the Picture by Holbein now hanging in the Council Chamber of Bridewell Hospital'.( A note at the foot of the page reads: 'The above was engraved for the Purpose of Illustrating Pennant Walpole &c'. He notes that the print (not present) was 'engraved as the companion to the last Print I sent you.

Autograph Letter Signed ('R. H. Sherlock') from Randall Hopley Sherlock, editor of the Liverpool Mail, describing for his friend Mrs Roper the London International Exhibition of Industry and Art of 1862 at South Kensington.

Author: 
Randall Hopley Sherlock (d.1875), editor of the Liverpool Mail [The London International Exhibition of Industry and Art of 1862 (Great London Exposition) at South Kensington]
Publication details: 
15 Holland Street, Kensington, W [London]. 1 August [1862.]
£90.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He begins: 'My dear Mrs. Roper - | I have been rather long in fulfilling my promise to write - but I must lay all the blame on this most attractive International from which I can hardly tear myself away! My journey was a very pleasant one on Tuesday with agreeable fellow-passengers, there was another Bouquet besides mine in the carriage - but tell dear Annie it would bear no comparison with mine!

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'.

Letter in a Secretarial Hand, signed in Autograph, 'To the Rt: Honble: the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury', together with engraved portrait by Guillaume Philippe Benoist (1725-70).

Author: 
Thomas Sherlock, Bishop of London
Publication details: 
Letter dated 20 August 1751.
£185.00

English ecclesiastic (1678-1761) and controversialist, who left his library to Cambridge University. LETTER: one page, octavo, discoloured and creased, and with neatly-repaired loss of strip approximately four inches by one and a half to top right-hand corner, causing some loss to text. Reads 'My Lords. | The Reverend Thomas Bradbury C Master of Arts being Licenced to perform th Office in New Jersey in his Majestys Plant America and on his departure thither I request that your Lordships will be pleased to his Majesty's Bounty of Twenty pounds to defray of his passage to that Province'.

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