Sherlockian.Net: Books and libraries

[Archive boxes stretching into the distance]

Portions of the Sherlock Holmes Collections in the Elmer Andersen Library, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.

Reviews on Sherlockian.Net

About Sherlockian books

  • The Universal Sherlock Holmes (De Waal's comprehensive bibliography) | Supplement maintained by Tim Johnson
  • Basic booklist by Les Klinger
  • Reviews from The Well-Read Sherlockian
  • Reviews by Charlotte Smith
  • Mia Stampe's review site (pre-2007) | The Greatest Books
  • Beeton's Christmas Annual
  • Indexes to classic Sherlockian works, pastiches, other material
  • Sherlock Holmes Booklist, compiled by Evelyn Leeper | Alternate URL.
  • List of Sherlock Holmes Illustrated, compiled by Mark Martinez.
  • Extensive recommendations from the Diogenes Club
  • The Mysterious Bookshop
  • Grobius Shortling books and commentary
  • Pathfinder (University of North Carolina)
  • Publishers and booksellers, list on Sherlockian.Net
  • Books for children, an annotated bibliography by Beth Gallego

    The original stories

    Four novels and five books of short stories, published between 1887 and 1927 -- full information on Sherlockian.Net. Not all old books are first editions -- especially, there are scores of early "pirated" editions of The Sign of the Four -- but they can be of great interest.

    In recent years, as copyright has been expiring on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, there are again many, often cheap, editions available.

    In between, these are some editions of special interest:

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, published by Doubleday (paperback edition by Penguin), includes all 60 of the original stories.
  • The Oxford Sherlock Holmes, newly edited text with many informative notes, published 1993 in hardback and paperback editions.
  • The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, edited by Leslie Klinger — information and errata. It is a successor to The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, edited by William S. Baring-Gould, published in 1967 in one-volume and two-volume editions, heavy with notes about "Sherlockian" scholarship.

    Some significant reference books

  • The Encyclopaedia Sherlockiana by Jack Tracy, reference book about names, places and Victorian details in the stories, published 1977 in hardback, paperback edition also available.
  • The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, by Ronald B. De Waal, published 1974. Additional volume: The International Sherlock Holmes, 1980. New edition, The Universal Sherlock Holmes, in five volumes, limited edition, 1994.
  • A SherlockHolmes Handbook by the editor of Sherlockian.Net. (What Goodreads has to say about it.)

    Online from Google Print

    Direct links to books scanned for Google Print do not seem to be possible, but these titles are among the books available:
  • Sherlock Holmes by Gas-Lamp: Highlights from the First Four Decades of the Baker Street Journal
  • The of Sherlock Holmes and Other Eccentric Readings
  • The Standard Doyle Company: Christopher Morley on Sherlock Holmes
  • The Moriarty Principle: An Irregular Look at Sherlock Holmes

    Pastiches — novels and stories about Holmes, not by ACD

  • The Sherlockian.Net pastiches index page
  • Re: Vampires, a list of Holmes-vampire tales compiled by Bill Mason

    Other places to look

  • Sherlockian journals, magazines and newsletters
  • Book dealers
  • The e-World of Sherlock Holmes

    Libraries with Sherlock Holmes collections

  • A list from the Sub-Librarians Scion
  • Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, supported by the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle CollectionThe Four Pillars (history of the collection)Pictures on blogTOMurmur Toronto
  • Elmer L. Anderson Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and its catalogueBlog | Video | Media archive
  • Westminster Reference Library, St. Martin's Street, London (this collection was formerly at the nearby Marylebone Library)
  • Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest at Portsmouth
  • There are also collections at the University of Texas (here's a blog showing a few of Texas's rarities), Indiana University, and other institutions.


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