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The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Manuscript Census

By Randall Stock, February 4, 2014

 

The original autograph manuscript for The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle exists today mainly as separate sheets of paper.  As perhaps the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, these manuscript leaves are incredibly rare and valuable.  This census identifies the known existing manuscript leaves and provides their current location.

 

NEWS: A previously unrecorded Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript leaf is sold at auction.

 

Hound of the Baskervilles original manuscript photo Chapter 9

H8:The Hound of the Baskervilles Manuscript, Ch. 9

Photo Courtesy University of Minnesota

Census Topics

Manuscript History & Overview

Hound of the Baskervilles Manuscript Leaves

Associated Material

 

Exhibitions

Key to Census Entries & Terms

Sources and Acknowledgements

 

More about Conan Doyle Manuscripts

 

 

Manuscript History & Overview

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901, and the story first appeared in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902.  George Newnes published the first English book edition in March 1902.  McClure, Philips & Co. produced the first American edition in April 1902.

 

Conan Doyle's handwritten manuscript was broken up as part of a publicity campaign for the American publication of the book in 1902.  Estimated to comprise approximately 185 pages originally, most of the manuscript is almost certainly lost, with only 36 leaves reported to still exist and the majority of those held by institutions.  The only complete chapter known to exist resides at the New York Public Library.

 

This census identifies 36 manuscript pages.  Libraries hold 24 pages in their archives or special collections.  Private collectors have 8 pages.  The location of 4 recorded pages (H5, H6, H33, and H36) is unknown.  Please contact me if you have information on any leaf.

 

The last Hound manuscript leaf to sell at auction went for $158,500.  While the price of an original manuscript leaf from this Sherlock Holmes story is beyond the grasp of most Sherlockians, the Baker Street Irregulars did publish a nice facsimile of Chapter XI in 2001.  It's worth adding to your collection.  Photos of nine leaves (H1, H2, H8, H28, H29, H30, H31, H32, and H36) are online as well as a photo of a 1902 promotion label.

 

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Hound of the Baskervilles Manuscript Leaves

 

All owners have been confirmed through direct contact and/or public documents unless noted.  Some private owners may prefer to remain anonymous.  I respect their requests and will not identify them.

 

Even if the owner remains anonymous, it's useful for researchers to know that the manuscript leaf still exists and is privately held.  Please contact me if you own or know someone who does own a leaf.  I'll keep your identity, and theirs, private upon request.

 

Leaves are listed in the story's narrative sequence and not in order by item number.  Census item numbers (e.g., "H7") are permanent references that simplify identification, and a cross-reference appears at the end of the main census to the narrative position of that item.  In most cases the actual page number of the leaf in the manuscript is not known.  A key to census terminology appears at the end of this list.  All pages are in the handwriting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unless noted otherwise.

 

 

H1.  amount of walking with it  (Chapter 1: Doubleday pp. 669-670)

Starts: amount of walking with it."

Ends: "Then I was right."

 

Location: Private collection of Glen Miranker, BSI

See the full-page Hound manuscript photo from the 2012 exhibit

 

Text: McClure pp. 2-4

 

Notes: Page two of the manuscript, with a pencil "2" in the upper left corner.  Shown at the "You Know My Methods" 2012 exhibition and the Footprints of the Hound 2001 exhibition.  (Last updated: 3/12/13)

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H2.  To that extent  (Chapter 1: Doubleday pp. 670-671)

Starts: "To that extent."

Ends: under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the

 

Location: Private collection of Glen Miranker, BSI

See a photo of the manuscript bottom and associated label from the 2012 exhibit

 

Text: McClure pp. 4-5

 

Notes: Page three of the manuscript, with a pencil "3" in the upper left corner.  Includes the publisher promotional label attached at the bottom of the leaf.  Shown at the "You Know My Methods" 2012 Exhibition and the Footprints of the Hound 2001 exhibition.  See my facsimile checklist #119 for other photo citations.  (Last updated: 3/12/13)

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H3.  Chapter II. | The Curse of the Baskervilles  (Chapter 2: Doubleday p. 673)

Headed: Chapter II. | The Curse of the Baskervilles

Starts: "I have in my pocket a manuscript" said ["Mr" crossed out; superscript "Dr" inserted] James

Ends: "But it is surely something more modern [superscript with caret "and practical"] upon

 

Location: Harvard University

Exhibited: "Ever Westward" (2009)

 

Text: McClure pp. 11-12

 

Notes: The opening page of Chapter 2.  The leaf is tipped into a copy of My First Book along with letters from other authors.  It's on the first page of Doyle's essay "Juvenalia" and is folded twice.  See their HOLLIS online catalog entry for more details, searching under "Hollis Number" for "003412140" and then look for the copy designated "HEW 10.5.10".  Part of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection at Harvard University.  (Last updated: 4/27/11)

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H4.  This from Hugo Baskerville  (Chapter 2: Doubleday p. 676)

Starts: [This from Hugo Baskerville to his sons Rodger

Ends: go on until the wheel turns against them, he realised his

 

Location: Private collection of Stuart Rose

 

Text: McClure pp. 17-19

 

Notes: Probably page 13 of the original manuscript.  (Last updated: 3/17/13)

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H5.  May all our difficulties  (Chapter 5: Doubleday p. 696)

Starts: "May all our difficulties vanish so easily...

Ends: ...get his name and

 

Location: Not identified

 

Text: McClure pp. 68-69

 

Notes: Last confirmed at a 1966 Parke-Bernet auction in New York.  Last reported in Charles Hamilton retail catalog #31 (not seen).   (Last updated: 7/9/09)

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H6.  said to be a young lady of attractions  (Chapter 6: Doubleday p. 699)

Starts: said to be a young lady of attractions.  There is Mr. Frankland

Ends: and avoid the Moor in those hours of darkness when the

 

Location: Not identified

 

Text: McClure pp. 76-77

 

Notes: Last reported at a 1996 Sotheby's auction in New York.  See my facsimile checklist #120 for photo citations.  (Last updated: 5/1/09)

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H7.  Chapter VII. | The Stapletons of Merripit House  (Chapter 7: Doubleday p. 704)

Headed: Chapter VII. | The Stapletons of Merripit House

Starts: The beauty of the following morning did something to efface from

Ends: woman with a stern set expression of mouth.  But her eyes were red

 

Location: Private collection of Dr. Constantine Rossakis, BSI

 

Text: McClure pp. 89-90

 

Notes: The opening page of Chapter 7.  See my facsimile checklist #118 for photo citations.  (Last updated: 3/13/13)

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H8.  Chapter IX | [Second Report of Dr Watson]  (Chapter 9: Doubleday pp. 716-717)

Headed: Chapter IX | [Second Report of Dr Watson] | The Light upon the Moor.

Starts: Oct 15th | Baskerville Hall | My dear Holmes – If I was compelled to leave you

Ends: had gone out to keep some clandestine appointment.  So I

 

Location: University of Minnesota

Exhibited: International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (2013+); Footprints of the Hound (2001); New Acquisitions for the Hench Collection (1983)

See the full-page photo of H8 at the University of Minnesota Libraries "U Media Archive"

 

Text: McClure pp. 121-122

 

Notes: The opening page of Chapter 9.  Includes the publisher promotional label at the bottom.  This leaf was remounted and reframed in a black metal frame in 2001.  See their MNCAT online catalog entry for a few more details, searching for title "Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript leaves".  Donated in 1983, it is one of four leaves that are part of the Philip and Mary Kahler Hench Collection in the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota.  (Last updated: 2/4/14)

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H34.  may fall in with such a superstition  (Chapter 10: Doubleday p. 727)

Starts: may fall in with such a superstition, and Mortimer also,

Ends: end of all our difficulties.  To this one purpose I must now

 

Location: The New York Public Library

 

Text: McClure pp. 148-149

 

Notes: The publisher promotional label is on the back of this leaf.  In the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle miscellaneous file, part of the Manuscripts and Archives Division at The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.  It is not listed separately online but is accessed under Doyle in Box 33 of the Miscellaneous Personal Name Files.  (Last updated: 1/11/13)

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H9.  The man is a public danger  (Chapter 10: Doubleday p. 728)

Starts: "The man is a public danger.  There are lonely houses

Ends: felony, Watson?  But, after what we have heard I don't feel as if I could give the man

 

Location: Jersey City Museum

 

Text: McClure pp. 151-152

 

Notes: Previously in a presentation mat with the publisher promotional label and photographs of Conan Doyle and Joseph Bell to either side.  In 1992 the JCM found the mat was acidic, removed it, and treated the leaf for conservation.  (Last updated: 2/1/06)

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H10.  Very good, Barrymore. You can go  (Chapter 10: Doubleday pp. 729-730)

Starts: "Very good, Barrymore. You can go."

Ends: for even the firm uplands are

 

Location: Private collection of Glen Miranker, BSI

 

Text: McClure pp. 154-155

 

Notes: (Last updated: 3/12/13)

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H35.  becoming a morass  (Chapter 10: Doubleday p. 730)

Starts: becoming a morass.  I found the black Tor upon which [I]

Ends: "No," said he  "There are a few gipsies and

 

Location: Private owner in Texas

 

Text: McClure pp. 155-156

 

Notes: With a few chips and repairs affecting seven words.  Previously owned by an employee of Doubleday Page & Co., and still held by the family.  (Last updated: 3/12/13)

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H11.  Chapter XI | The Man on the Tor  (Chapter 11: Doubleday pp. 732-733)

Headed: Chapter XI | The Man on the Tor.

Starts: The extract from my private Diary which forms the

Ends: prickings of conscience, and drove off upon my | new quest.

 

Location: The New York Public Library

Exhibited: Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul, Oct. 2013 – Jan. 2014 (Morgan Library)

 

Text: McClure pp. 162-163

 

Notes: The opening page of Chapter 11.  Part of the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection at The New York Public Library.  Listed under "Manuscripts" in the Berg's finding aid.  See my facsimile checklist #115-117 for photo citations, including the complete chapter facsimile with cover shown at right.  (Last updated: 2/4/14)

 

H12 – H26.  [remaining 15 pages of Chapter 11]  (Chapter 11: Doubleday pp. 733-739)

 

Text: McClure pp. 163-180

 

Notes: The Berg collection holds all of Chapter 11.  See entry H11 for other details.  (Last updated: 6/26/09)

Hound of the Baskervilles Manuscript Facsimile Cover

BSI Facsimile available

at BSJ Website

 

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H27.  Chapter XII | Death on the Moor  (Chapter 12: Doubleday p. 740)

Headed: Chapter XII | Death on the Moor.

Starts: For a moment or two I sat breathless, hardly able

Ends: moment when you charged into the empty hut" | "Exactly"

 

Location: Private Collector

 

Text: McClure pp. 181-182

 

Notes: The opening page of Chapter 12.  This leaf includes the scene depicted in the matching Sidney Paget original drawing.  (Last updated: 3/4/11)

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H28.  I thought as much  (Chapter 12: Doubleday pp. 740-741)

Starts: "I thought as much -- and knowing your tenacity I

Ends: "My dear fellow, you have been invaluable to me in

 

Location: University of Texas at Austin

Digital Collection (record and photo): Hound Manuscript Leaf H28

 

See also the full-page photo of H28 or view it in a Flash slideshow in a UT blog about their Conan Doyle holdings

 

Text: McClure pp. 182-183

 

Notes: This is the second manuscript page from Chapter 12.  Accompanied by the publisher promotional label.  No entry found in their online catalog or finding aids (6/2/12).  Part of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  (Last updated: 2/4/14)

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H36.  than before. |  "Where is it?" Holmes whispered  (Chapter 12: Doubleday pp. 743-744)

Starts: than before. |  "Where is it?" Holmes whispered; and I knew from the

Ends: "But, hark, what is that?"

 

Location: Not identified

See the description and large photo of this Hound manuscript leaf

 

Text: McClure pp. 189-190

 

Notes: This leaf names both Holmes and Watson four times within its text.  The next two leaves of the manuscript also exist and are listed below.  Unrecorded until 2012, it was sold at auction in December 2012.   (Last updated: 1/15/13)

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H29.  A low moan had fallen upon our ears  (Chapter 12: Doubleday p. 744)

Starts: A low moan had fallen upon our ears.  There it was

Ends: [stricken text]. Uncle and nephew have been

 

Location: University of Minnesota

Exhibited: International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (2013+); Footprints of the Hound (2001); Arthur Conan Doyle (1979)

See the full-page photo of H29 at the University of Minnesota Libraries "U Media Archive"

 

Text: McClure pp. 190-192

 

Notes: Previously framed together with the next manuscript page (H30) and a drawing of the scene by Frederic Dorr Steele.  This leaf was remounted and reframed separately in a black metal frame in 2001.  See their MNCAT online catalog entry for a few more details, searching for title "Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript leaves".  Donated in 1978, it is one of four leaves that are part of the Philip and Mary Kahler Hench Collection in the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota.  See my facsimile checklist #111 for photo citations.  (Last updated: 2/4/14)

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H30.  murdered, the one frightened to death  (Chapter 12: Doubleday pp. 744-745)

Starts: murdered, the one frightened to death by the very sight of a beast which

Ends: "A beard!  A beard!  The man has a beard!"

 

Location: University of Minnesota

Exhibited: Footprints of the Hound (2001); Arthur Conan Doyle (1979)

See the full-page photo of H30 at the University of Minnesota Libraries "U Media Archive"

 

Text: McClure pp. 192-193

 

Notes: Previously framed together with the preceding manuscript page (H29) and a drawing of the scene by Frederic Dorr Steele.  This leaf was remounted and reframed separately in a black metal frame in 2001.  See their MNCAT online catalog entry for a few more details, searching for title "Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript leaves".  Donated in 1978, it is one of four leaves that are part of the Philip and Mary Kahler Hench Collection in the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota.  See my facsimile checklist #112 for photo citations.  (Last updated: 5/7/11)

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H31.  Chapter XIII | Fixing the Nets  (Chapter 13: Doubleday p. 747 )

Headed: Chapter XIII | Fixing the Nets

Starts: "We're at close grips at last" said Holmes, as we

Ends: "Found dead without a mark upon him.  You

 

Location: The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums

See a description and photo of this Hound manuscript leaf

 

Text: McClure pp. 199-200

 

Notes: The opening page of Chapter 13 as it appears in manuscript and in Doubleday.  In The Strand Magazine, Chapter 12 was extended to include this entire page of text plus at least one more manuscript page.  Preserved in the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums, which were founded in 1983 by David Karpeles and Marsha Karpeles.  Offered at auction December 2011.  See my facsimile checklist #114 for other photo citations.  (Last updated: 6/9/13)

 

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H32.  flowed swiftly in upon them  (Chapter 14: Doubleday p. 760 )

Starts: flowed swiftly in upon them, but as we at last reached firmer

Ends: bounding through the darkness of the Moor upon his track.

 

Location: University of Minnesota

Exhibited: Footprints of the Hound (2001)

See the full-page photo of H32 at the University of Minnesota Libraries "U Media Archive"

 

Text: McClure pp. 231-233

 

Notes: This leaf was remounted and reframed in a black metal frame in 2001.  See their MNCAT online catalog entry for a few more details, searching for title "Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript leaves". Donated in 1983, it is one of four leaves that are part of the Philip and Mary Kahler Hench Collection in the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota.  (Last updated: 5/7/11)

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H33. to be of such intense interest to us  (Chapter 15: Doubleday p. 762

Starts: to be of such intense interest to us.  The fellow had evidently made

Ends: kenneled it and waited his chance.

 

Location: Not identified

 

Text: McClure pp. 237-238

 

Notes: Last reported at a 1967 Charles Hamilton Autographs auction in New York.  (Last updated: 5/1/09)

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Cross-Reference Items

 

H34.  may fall in with such a superstition  (see entry H34 at Chapter 10: Doubleday p. 727 above)

 

H35.  becoming a morass  (see entry H35 at Chapter 10: Doubleday p. 730 above)

 

H36.  than before. |  "Where is it?" Holmes whispered  (see entry H36 at Chapter 12: Doubleday pp. 743-744 above)

 

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Associated Material

 

HA1.  Acknowledgement (Doubleday p. 668)

Dated: 26.1 | 1902

Starts: My dear Robinson

Ends: all thanks.

Signed: Yours most truly | A. Conan Doyle | [stylized capital letter] T

 

Location: The New York Public Library

 

Text: McClure pp. [vii]

 

Notes: This letter provides the text of Conan Doyle's acknowledgement to Bertram Fletcher Robinson used in the first American edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles.  It was probably written and signed for Conan Doyle by his secretary Charles Terry.  Variants of this acknowledgement appeared in The Strand Magazine and in the first English edition.  Part of the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection at The New York Public Library.  Listed under "Outgoing correspondence" to Robinson in the Berg's finding aid.  See my facsimile checklist #113 for photo citations.  (Last updated: 2/4/14)

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HA2.  Promotional Label

Some leaves come with an identifying label that was probably provided as part of the 1902 publicity campaign for the American first edition.

 

See a photo of the Hound manuscript (H2) bottom and associated label from a 2012 exhibit.

See another label photo at the University of Minnesota Libraries "U Media Archive" (click to enlarge)

 

Notes: The label reads "Original Manuscript Sheet from | The Hound of the Baskervilles | By A. Conan Doyle | Published by McClure, Phillips & Co., New York."  Leaves were typically mounted for display, with the label appearing beneath the leaf  (Last updated: 6/30/11)

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HA3.  Play Typescript

The Hound of the Baskervilles: a drama in four acts

Attributed to Arthur Conan Doyle, dated Aug. [19]02.

 

Location: The Newberry Library

 

Notes: Apparently never completed, the typescript includes Acts 1, 2, and 3 only.  Part of the C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana at The Newberry Library.  See their online catalog for a detailed description of the typescript and an associated letter of Aug. 16, 1954 from Adrian Conan Doyle to Lew David Feldman.  See also a discussion of the typescript in "The Play's the Thing" by James Bliss Austin in Baker Street Miscellanea.  Shown at the Footprints of the Hound 2001 exhibition.  (Last updated: 4/26/11)

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Exhibitions of the Manuscript

 

Selected public exhibitions of leaves from the manuscript of The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Some other exhibitions are only noted above in their census entry. 

 

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

10 October 2013 – 2016+

Exhibition Website: Portland, OR;  Columbus, OH;  St. Louis, MO;  Dallas, TX;  Santa Ana, CA;  Denver, CO

This traveling exhibition shows more than 100 items from the University of Minnesota, including H8 and H29, as well as drawings by Frederic Dorr Steele and an original Sidney Paget drawing of Holmes.

 

You Know My Methods: A Collector's Approach to the Sherlockian Canon

4 June – 10 September 2012

The Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA

Part of the collection of Glen Miranker, with photos in this 2012 Exhibit of Hound of the Baskervilles Rarities page

The exhibit included H1 and H2 from the manuscript, a Hound drawing by Sidney Paget, drawings by Frederic Dorr Steele and H. M Brock, a salesman's dummy and the true first edition of the American Hound, plus other rare material.

 

Ever Westward (Conan Doyle Sesquicentennial)

5 May – 8 August 2009

Harvard University, Houghton Library

"Ever Westward": Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in American Culture

The exhibit included H3 and the manuscript for "The Three Students."

 

Footprints of the Hound

20 October – 2 December 2001

Toronto Public Library, The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Footprints of the Hound Online Exhibit

The exhibit included H1, H2, H8, H29, H30, H32, and HA3.

 

New Acquisitions for the Hench Collection

December 1983 – January 1984 

University of Minnesota, Wilson Library

The display included H8 and two non-Holmes ACD manuscripts.

 

Arthur Conan Doyle [Mary Kahler and Philip S. Hench Collection]

18 July – 30 September 1979

University of Minnesota, Wilson Library

Arthur Conan Doyle 1979 Exhibition Catalog (PDF; see page 10).

The exhibit included H29 and H30 framed together with a drawing by Frederic Dorr Steele.

 

 

 

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Key to Census Entries & Terms

 

"H" numbers: identify a specific leaf/item since the actual manuscript page number is not known; entry details appear in narrative not H-number sequence

 

Bold entry title: Selected text from beginning of leaf, also to help identify it

 

Chapter: the chapter number (as it appears in Doubleday) where the leaf text appears

 

Doubleday: refers to the current, single-volume, 1122-page edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, n.d.).  I used an edition with printing code "S52" on page 1122, which indicates a 1977 printing date.  This is one of the most widely available print-editions of the Holmes stories, and includes all the tales in a single volume.

 

Headed: any title(s) or similar material at the top of the page

 

Starts: the first line of text on that page, border to border

 

Ends: the last line of text on that page, border to border

 

Signed: any material following the last line of text, including dates, signatures, and locations.

 

Opening page: the first page of a chapter in the manuscript

 

Vertical bar "|" symbol: a line break

 

Text: the associated text as published in select online versions of this work

 

McClure: refers to The Hound of the Baskervilles (New York: McClure, Philips & Co., 1902), a second impression of the first American edition of the book, available on Google Books

 

Please note that abbreviated dates are given in the American form of month/day/year.

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Sources and Acknowledgments

 

Austin, James Bliss.  "The Play's the Thing."  Baker Street Miscellanea, No. 24 (Winter 1980): 1-10.  Austin discusses the typescript of an unfinished play of The Hound of the Baskervilles (HA3).

 

Blau, Peter E. Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, various issues.  This invaluable Sherlockian newsletter is available online for 1985+ at <http://redcircledc.org/index.php?id=39>.

 

Frayling, Sir Christopher.  "The Writing of The Hound of the Baskervilles."  The Baker Street Journal, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Spring 2008): 18-32.  Frayling covers the period from initial conception to first publication, and concludes Conan Doyle wrote the story in less than eight weeks.

 

Green, Richard Lancelyn, and John Michael Gibson. A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle.  First revised edition.  New York: Hudson House, 2000.  The definitive Conan Doyle bibliography recounts the relevant publication history on pages 129-131 and 716.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles: Chapter XI by Arthur Conan Doyle.  BSI Manuscript Series general editor Leslie S. Klinger.  New York: The Baker Street Irregulars in cooperation with the New York Public Library—Berg Collection, 2001.  Part of the Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series.  This volume includes a facsimile of Chapter 11 of the manuscript, a transcription of the material, and related essays.  Available at the Baker Street Journal website.

 

Stock, Randall.  "Conan Doyle Manuscripts: A Checklist of Facsimiles of the Sherlock Holmes Stories."  Privately published, 2007, <http://www.bestofsherlock.com/ref/rfmsalph.htm> (5/1/09). 

 

Stock, Randall.  "A Sherlock Holmes Census: What's Really Out There."  Papers at an Exhibition, edited by Peter X. Accardo, John Bergquist, and Dan Posnansky, 175-200.  New York: The Baker Street Irregulars in cooperation with Houghton Library, 2009.  Paper delivered at Harvard University, 9 May 2009, for their Conan Doyle Sesquicentennial Conference.

 

The photo of the top part of leaf H8 is used with the permission of Timothy Johnson and the University of Minnesota. 

 

 

Staff members at many of the libraries provided invaluable assistance.  Special thanks go to Stephen Crook (Berg Collection), Motrja Fedorko (Jersey City Museum), Rachel Howarth (Harvard), Timothy Johnson (University of Minnesota), Jill Peterson and Tal Nadan (New York Public Library), and Arcadia Falcone (Ransom Center).

 

In addition, private collectors and Sherlockians graciously offered their expertise and knowledge.  I'm indebted to Peter E. Blau, David Karpeles, Andrew Malec, Glen Miranker, Christopher Roden, Stuart Rose, Constantine Rossakis, Steven Rothman, Doug Wrigglesworth, and others who preferred to remain anonymous.  Thanks also to Chris Coover at Christie's.

 

While this checklist could never have been made without everyone's help, I am solely responsible for any errors or omissions.  If I omitted your name, please be assured it was inadvertent and let me know so I can correct it.

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More about Conan Doyle Manuscripts

 

See the Conan Doyle Manuscript News Archive section for news pages including several for the Hound manuscript.

 

This website has information on many other Conan Doyle manuscripts, including both non-Holmes material and a Sherlock Holmes Manuscript Census.

 

The site also has details on other Conan Doyle rarities, including a census of Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887 with the first Sherlock Holmes story, a census of Sidney Paget original drawings, and a census of the rare first edition of "The Unique Hamlet", a Sherlock Holmes pastiche by Vincent Starrett.

 

While not rare, there are also lists of the each year's best Sherlock Holmes books & DVDs, the best Holmes stories, and the most famous Sherlock Holmes quotes.

 

 

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