Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Doyle mss., 1942-1947, consist of correspondence and bibliographical notes of David Anton Randall, 1905-1975, relating to his "Bibliographical notes" on the Sherlock Holmes books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930 (The Baker street journal, I: 103-106, 232-237, 371-377, 504-508, January-October 1946; II: 104-105, 491-196, January and October, 1947). Included in the collection are also an undated letter written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; a fragment of an undated letter to "My dear Watson" which is the first third of a letter written by Sherlock Holmes before reeling over the cliff, printed in Doyle's The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London, George Newness, limited, 1894, p.277; a drawing of Sherlock Holmes by Vincent Starrett, 1943; two drawings illustrating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Adventures of Etienne Gerard, The brigadier in England, "Time! said he," and " I had not yet drawn..." published in The Strand, XXV, March 1903, p. 246 and p. 257 respectively, (AP4 .S86). "I had not yet drawn" also published in Doyle's Adventures of Gerard, London, George Newness, [1903] (Lilly PR4622 .A3, facing p. 208).

Correspondents represented in the collection include Roland Hammond, Christopher Darlington Morley, Howard S. Mott, Jr., Edgar Wadsworth Smith, and Vincent Starrett.

Collection size: 18 items

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