Arthur Conan Doyle Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Arthur Conan Doyle Rare Books And Memorabilia

Arthur Conan Doyle Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the celebrated Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Brief history/biography

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on May 22nd, 1859 and died on July 7th, 1930 and is best known for being the Scottish writer who penned the stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Doyle first began writing about the character Sherlock Holmes in "A Study in Scarlet" which appeared in the Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. From that point on Doyle wrote numerous other Holmes' books such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905), and The Valley of Fear (1915), to name a few.

Doyle also wrote numerous "Challenger" stories, historical novels and short stories as well.

Types of Arthur Conan Doyle Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books/Stories

Sotheby's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of "A Study in Scarlet," in Beeton's Christmas Annual (1887) which also includes wood-engraved frontpiece and illustrations for $153,600 in December of 2004.,
  • A first edition copy of "A Study in Scarlet" (1888) for $20,315 in December of 2002.

Christie's in London sold the presentation copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which was also signed by Doyle (1892) for £45,600 in June of 2006, and another first edition copy of the same title for £45,600 in June of 2006.

Documents

  • Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in Los Angeles, California sold a manuscript of The Hound of the Baskervilles in Doyle's hand for $57,500 in December of 2011.

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a letter which was signed by Doyle (circa 1892) for $24,000 in November of 2004.

Christie's in London sold:

  • Doyle's autographed journal (circa 1900) which he wrote about his experiences in the Boer War for £17,925 in May of 2004.
  • A collection of letters an documents referencing the Slater case (1914-1929) along with signed letters written by Doyle for £35,850 in May of 2004.
  • A collection of 230 letters to Doyle (1884-1929) for £23,900 in May of 2004.
  • 65 autographed letters written by Doyle to his literary agent (circa 1892 to 1930) for £53,775 in May of 2004.
  • Two autographed account books referencing Doyle's earnings (circa 1878 to 1898) and Doyle's first two entries of "Mystery of Sassassa [sic] Valley" (circa 1878) for £33,460 in May of 2004.
  • Doyle's autographed notebooks (titled "The Southsea Notebooks," circa 1885 to 1889) for £139,650 in May of 2004.
  • A signed literary notebook of Doyle's along with diary entries about his personal life (circa 1885 to 1896) for £59,750 in May of 2004.
  • A typescript of the first two acts of "The Stonor Case" for £23,900 in May of 2004.
  • An autographed manuscript of Doyle's first untitled and unpublished novel (circa mid-1880s) for £47,800 in May of 2004.
  • An autographed manuscript of the last eleven lines of "The Adventures of Reigate Squires" for £28,680 in May of 2004.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A signed manuscript of "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" (1904) for $244,500 in June of 1999.
  • An autograph manuscript of the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire" (1924) for $399,500 in June of 2004.
  • An autographed letter from Doyle to J. Pastor (circa 1907) for $20,700 in December of 1999.

Guide for collectors

Manuscripts or first edition copies of any of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' stories are considered to be the most valuable. Any letters, manuscripts, or books that were once signed by Doyle are also considered valuable.

Restoration of a first edition copy of any of Doyle's books or any documents is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Arthur Conan Doyle memorabilia, visit www.sherlockholmesonline.org, www.conandoylecollection.co.uk, or sherlockholmes.com.

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