David A. Randall, the first Lilly Librarian, was an early member of the Baker Street Irregulars. Randall developed an idea for a story based on an encounter between Sherlock Holmes and the notorious real-life forger, Thomas J. Wise. Volume 1 of The Baker Street Journal contains Randall's "The Adventure of the Notorious Forger."
As one of the eminent rare-bookmen of the twentieth century, Randall combined some of his personal avocations with his profession, then at The Scribner Book Store, prior to his move to the Lilly Library. This catalog offers a number of excellent Holmes items, including manuscripts marked with directions to the printer and "association" items.
Madeleine B. Stern, another of the prominent rare book dealers involved in "Sherlockiana," carefully read the Holmes canon while sailing back to the States from a European book-buying trip aboard the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. Her annotations led to this attempt to recreate Sherlock Holmes's library at 221B Baker Street. It was first published simultaneously in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society and The Baker Street Journal.
Vincent Starret, a wide-ranging man-of-letters whose accomplishments range from his Chicago Tribune book column "Books Alive," to his own novels, short stories, edited anthologies, and private library, was also quite an expert on Sherlock Holmes. He compiled and edited 221B for his fellow enthusiasts. Among the contributors are Frederic Dorr Steele, Richard D. Altic, Edgar W. Smith, Christopher Morley, and Vincent Starrett.
The Baker Street Gasogene joined the ranks of The Baker Street Journal and other journals devoted to Conan Doyle and things related to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in 1961. Included with the second issue of The Baker Street Gasogene is a map by Dr. Julian Wolff, illustrating "The World Strictly According to Doyle."
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