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Here is a list of known manuscripts written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The list is limited to his works (fictions, articles, essays, poems). For other handwritten items, see Dedicaces, Letters, drawings and paintings and other writings.

Alphabetical order.


A Day at Borstal (1921)

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A Day at Borstal Article Written on 19 december 1921 13 pages

Admiral Denver

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Admiral Denver Play Undated 7 pages

A Duet, with an Occasional Chorus (1899)

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A Duet, with an Occasional Chorus Novel Written in 1899 ~220 pages Private collection
  • Clean copy, with occasional emendations, title, contents and approximately 220 pages, folio (337 x 197mm), cloth-covered boards, lettered on spine "A Duet Manuscript".


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.11.2003 Christie's (London) 6853 49 £30,000-£40,000 £30,000 £35,850

A Forgotten Tale

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A Forgotten Tale Poem 3 pages Held by The Newberry Library

A Glimpse of the Army (1900)

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A Glimpse of the Army Article Written in 1900 13 pages
  • some printer's markings in blue pencil, 13 pages, folio (325 x 205mm), gathered by a staple at upper left corner (some soiling and fingermarks, apparently in printer's ink; occasional light wear to margins; signature and date on last leaf torn out and skillfully re-attached).


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.11.2003 Christie's (London) 6853 50 £3,000-£5,000 £3,500 £4,182.50

An Alpine Pass on "Ski"

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An Alpine Pass on "Ski" Article Undated 12 pages

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 76 £2,000-£3,000 £5,500 £6,572

A Regimental Scandal

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A Regimental Scandal Short story 1891~1892 18 pages

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
26-27.03.1934 Sotheby's 48 £20
22.03.1966 Parke-Bernet (NY) 184 $600 Bought by Adrian Conan Doyle
29.05.1986 Christie's (London) 192

An essay On the Intemperance of our Country

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An essay On the Intemperance of our Country... Essay Undated 42 pages Held by Toronto Public Library (2010~)

Angels of Darkness (1889-1890)

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Angels of Darkness Play Written 1889-1890 5 booklets Held by Toronto Public Library (1992~)

An Iconoclast

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An Iconoclast Short story Undated 9 pages Held by Haverford College (PA, USA)

An Impression of the Regency

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An Impression of the Regency Short story Written ca. 1896 8 pages

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 18 [1] £1,500-£2,000 £1,500 £1,792

A Scandal in Bohemia

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A Scandal in Bohemia Short story

A Shadow Before (1898)

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A Shadow Before Short story Written in 1898 14 pages
  • 14 pages (including title page), vellum binding, 193 x 320mm (old pin holes to upper left corners of leaves, remnants of label to page one).


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
30.01.1923 American Art Assoc. (New York) 240
22.03.1966 Parke-Bernet (New York) 180
10.12.1993 Sotheby's (New York) 315 $3,250 $3,738
12.06.2019 Christie's (New York) 17037 171 $8,000-$10,000 $11,000 $13,750

A Study in Scarlet

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A Study in Scarlet Novel Written 1885~1886

A Synopsis of Geology

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A Synopsis of Geology Lecture Undated 23 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 87 [2] £1,000-£1,500 £1,100 £1,314

Bendy's Sermon

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Bendy's Sermon Poem

Brigadier Gerard at Waterloo

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Brigadier Gerard at Waterloo Short story Written ca. 1903 79 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.11.2003 Christie's (London) 6853 51 £30,000-£50,000 Unsold Unsold
28.03.2006 Bonham's (London) 13809 70 £15,000-£20,000 Unsold Unsold

Crabbe's Practice (ca. 1884)

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Crabbe's Practice Short story Written ca. 1884 19 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 10 £3,000-£5,000 £5,000 £5,975

Danger! (1914)

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Danger! Short story Written on 21 april 1914 42 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5289

Foreign Policy (1892)

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Foreign Policy Play Written in 1892 24 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 39 £8,000-£12,000 Unsold Unsold

Giant Maximin

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Giant Maximin Short story Undated 18 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5094

His Last Bow (1917)

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His Last Bow Short story Written on 7 march 1917 24 pages
  • 14 ruled pages (rectos only), (of 24, lacking pages 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22), various sizes quarto and folio ( several pages cut down), Crowborough, 7 March 1917, with extensive revisions throughout; most leaves numbered in red in a diminutive hand at upper right corner, small holes in upper left corners, some scattered spotting and light soiling, fixative remnants on versos.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.06.2008 Sotheby's (New York) 8455 50 [3] $150,000-$250,000 Unsold Unsold

How Brigadier Gerard Lost His Ear

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How Brigadier Gerard Lost His Ear Short story Written ca. 1902 42 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.11.2003 Christie's (London) 6853 52 £15,000-£20,000 Unsold Unsold
28.03.2006 Bonham's (London) 13809 71 £8,000-£12,000 Unsold Unsold

How the Brigadier Came to the Castle of Gloom

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How the Brigadier Came to the Castle of Gloom Short story Undated 21 pages Held by the British Library (2015~)

How the Brigadier Captured Saragossa

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How the Brigadier Captured Saragossa Short story Undated 23 pages Held by the New York Public Library

How the Brigadier Played for a Kingdom (1895)

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How the Brigadier Played for a Kingdom Short story Written on 31 may 1895 23 pages Held by the British Library (2015~)

How the Brigadier Rode to Minsk

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How the Brigadier Rode to Minsk Short story Undated (ca. 1902) 21 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5291

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
06.12.1984 Sotheby's (London) ? 184 ? ? ?
17.12.1998 Sotheby's (London) LN8729 334 £12,000-£15,000 ? ?

How the Brigadier Saved the Army

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How the Brigadier Saved the Army Short story Undated 48 pages Held by the New York Public Library

How the Brigadier Slew the Brothers of Ajaccio

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How the Brigadier Slew the Brothers of Ajaccio Short story Undated 24 pages Held by the British Library (2015~)

How the Brigadier Took the Field Against the Marshal Millefleurs

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How the Brigadier Took the Field Against the Marshal Millefleurs Short story Undated 22 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5285


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
17.04.1999 Swann Auction Galleries (NY) ? 44 ? ? ?

How the King Held the Brigadier

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How the King Held the Brigadier Short story Undated 26 pages Held by the British Library (2015~)

How Watson Learned the Trick

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How Watson Learned the Trick Short story Written in 1922 33 miniature pages Held by Windsor Castle

In Memoriam (1883)

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In Memoriam Poem

Life on a Greenland Whaler (1896)

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Life on a Greenland Whaler Article Undated 24 pages
  • Mostly about 168x203 mm, essentially quarto sheets separated in half with slight variation in height (some letters grazed, signature a little faded and blotted, some margins irregular, old holes and faint creasing at upper left corners from a binder clip); black ink on lined paper with Doyle's customary sparse revisions, each leaf tipped at left edge to a small quarto sheet, bound with portrait in full black morocco gilt by Stikeman (cover repaired).


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised Seller
13.02.1923 Anderson Galleries 257 David G. Joyce
10.11.1932 Anderson Galleries 34
25.04.1995 Christie's (New York) 8144 135 $3,500-$4,500 $7,500 $9,200 Philip M. Neufeld
06.10.2022 Christie's (New York) 19289 125 $12,000-$18,000

Tales of the High Seas (c. 1896)

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Tales of the High Seas: I. The Governor of St. Kitt's Short Story Undated 23 pages
  • Mostly about 167x204mm, essentially quarto sheets separated in half with slight variations in height and width (some letters just grazed, some margins irregular, old holes and faint creasing at upper left corners from a brass tack, ink a little faded or blotted in a handful of places, very minor finger soiling); black ink on lined paper; each leaf tipped at left margin to larger sheet measuring 230 x 220mm, bound in full black morocco gilt by Stikeman.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised Seller
13.02.1923 Anderson Galleries 260 David G. Joyce
17.05.1996 Christie's (New York) 74
06.10.2022 Christie's (New York) 19289 126 $12,000-$18,000

Log of the S. S. Hope (1880)

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Log of the S. S. Hope Diary 28 february 1880 - 11 august 1880 195 pages


Location

The diary belongs to the Anna Conan Doyle heirs.

Memories and Adventures (1923)

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Memories and Adventures Autobiography Signed 19 dec 1923 396 pages Held by Mount Holyoke College

Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his Friends (1927)

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Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his Friends Preface Written in january 1927 3 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
20.09.2012 Freeman's (New York) 1438 216 $5,000-$8,000 $64,400 $80,500

Mrs. Thompson (1913)

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Mrs. Thompson Play Written in 1913 128 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 49 £5,000-£8,000 Unsold Unsold

Notes from a Strange Mailbag

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Notes from a Strange Mailbag Essay Undated 22 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5356

On a Football Match between the Ancient Gods & Heroes (1872)

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On a Football Match between the Ancient Gods & Heroes Poem Undated 2 1/2 pages

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 3 £5,000-£8,000 £8,645 £10,158 [4]

Recent Psychic Evidence

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Recent Psychic Evidence Article Undated 7 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5288

Rodney Stone (ca. 1895)

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Rodney Stone Novel Undated 531 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
09.04.2016 Bonham's (New York) 23644 13 $80,000-$120,000 Unsold Unsold

Shakespeare's Expostulation (1908-1909)

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Shakespeare's Expostulation Poem Written ca. March 1909 3 pages
  • 3 pages, 325x204mm, on lined paper, pencil annotations on p. 1 including "Cornhill" and "Proofs quickly" (pin holes in upper left corner; general light browning and soiling; left margin slightly rough; p. 1 dust-stained, especially in upper half, browned at upper left margin and with a tear at upper left corner).


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
10.07.2019 Christie's (London) 17200 580 £1,000-£1,500 £1,700 £2,125

Sir Nigel (1905)

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Sir Nigel Novel Written in 1905 388 pages Held by The Morgan Library (NY, USA)

Some Personalia About Mr. Sherlock Holmes (1917)

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Some Personalia About Mr. Sherlock Holmes Article Written on 9 sept [1917] 10 pages Held by Toronto Public Library (2010~)

Speech to the Author's Club (1896)

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Speech to the Author's Club Lecture Written in 1896 8 pages Held by Glen Miranker private collection (2004).

The Adventure of Black Peter (1903)

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The Adventure of Black Peter Short story Written on 26 july 1903 23 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.06.2014 Christie's (New York) 2861 222 [5] $250,000-$350,000 $260,000 $317,000

The Adventure of the Worst Man in London (ca. 1904)

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The Adventure of the Worst Man in London
The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
Short story Written in 1903~1904 22 pages

Folio, 321 x 201mm., neatly penned in dark ink on rectos only of sheets of ledger-ruled foolscap (a typical paper for Doyle), consisting of the author's calligraphic title-page: "Sherlock Holmes Series The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton A Conan Doyle Original Manuscript," text of the story on 21 pages. The first page headed by Doyle: "The Return of Sherlock Holmes VII The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" (Doyle's original title "The Adventure of the Worst Man in London" has been neatly lined through and the new title added by the author); the printer's copy, with word-count in pencil at top of first page text ("6,800 wds"). THE TEXT EXHIBITING SOME 70 AUTHORIAL EMENDATIONS AND DELETIONS, the majority in ink (probably made during first writing), others apparently made at an intermediate point, some 15 in purple pencil likely added at a final stage. These and many variations from the printed text are carefully tabulated by Peter Richard in The Milverton Manuscript: An Analysis, London: The Milvertonians of Hampstead, 1963. The manuscript is partially paginated by Doyle in pencil at top left corners (omitting 1,4,19,20,21). BOUND FOR THE AUTHOR in simple vellum over paper boards, plain glazed endpapers. Upper cover inscribed by the author: "Sherlock Holmes A Conan Doyle The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton." (Boards slightly bowed, minor soiling). Enclosed in a cloth chemise and half red morocco slipcase.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
30.01.1923 American Art Association (New York) 246
1940s Scribner Auction
1975 House of El Dieff (New York)
09.06.1999 Christie's (New York) 9178 98 [6] $75,000-$95,000 $200,000 $244,500

The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place

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The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place Short story

The Adventure of the Abbey Grange

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The Adventure of the Abbey Grange Short story

The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (1926)

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The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier Short story 26 pages January 1926 New York Public Library (Berg Collection)

The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier, 26 pp., 4to, Dated "Jan. 1926." Bound in vellum, autographed on the front cover in ink: "Arthur Conan Doyle". Enclosed in a half bluemor. slip case.

The Adventure of the Creeping Man (1923)

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The Adventure of the Creeping Man Short story Written ca. 1923 44 pages

The Adventure of the Crooked Man (1893)

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The Adventure of the Crooked Man Short story 1893 4 pages Collection of Robin Bradley Martin (11 july 2023)
  • 4 pages (322 x 202 mm), written on the rectos only of 4 large leaves of writing paper, the first two with a blindstamp of the "Reform Club, Pall Mall S.W.," [South Norwood, 1893].

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
20.07.2023 Sotheby's Fine Books and Manuscripts,
Including Americana
1185 $35,000-50,000 $75,000 $95,250

The Adventure of the Dancing Men (1903)

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The Adventure of the Dancing Men Short story Undated 54 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
18.04.2018 Heritage Auctions (Dallas) 6196 47156 no estimate $250,000 $312,500

The Adventure of the Devil's Foot (1910-1911)

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The Adventure of the Devil's Foot Short story Undated (1910-1911) 58 p. New York Public Library - Berg Collection

The Adventure of the Dying Detective (1913)

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The Adventure of the Dying Detective Short story Written on 27 july 1913 18 pages

The Adventure of the Empty House

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The Adventure of the Empty House Short story The Rosenbach Museum & Library

The Adventure of the Final Problem

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The Adventure of the Final Problem Short story

The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez (1904)

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The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez Short story Undated (1904) 56 p. Harry Ransom Center

On the cover, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote: "Sherlock Holmes Original MS, from Arthur Conan Doyle to H. Greenhough Smith. A Souvenir of 20 years of collaboration. Feb 8/16."

The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter

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The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter Short story Undated 34 pages
  • 34 pages, numbered through the text in blue pencil, on 34 sheets of ruled paper neatly torn from a 4to notebook, marked and issued as a printer's copy for its first publication, with several revisions, signed and inscribed at the end ("Conan Doyle | 12 Tennison Road | S. Norwood'), n.d. [but 1893]; some foxing, heavier to some leaves than others, marginal tears not affecting text, pp. 22 and 33 with pencil scribbling (presumably by a child, and likely one of Doyle's), some light fingersoiling. Housed in custom case.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
18.12.1964 Christie's (London) ? ? ? ? ?
1980s Sold to Lew Feldman on behalf of Adrian Conan Doyle
05.05.1982 Christie's ? 102 ? Unsold Unsold
09.04.2016 Bonham's (New York) 23644 12 $380,000-$420,000 Unsold Unsold
21.07.2020 Sotheby's (New York) 10394 138 $350,000-$450,000 Unsold Unsold
16.07.2022 Heritage Auctions (Dallas) 6258 42005 $100,000 $280,000 $350,000

The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (1924)

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The Adventure of the Illustrious Client Short story July 1924 38 p. Held by The National Library of Scotland

The Adventure of the Lion's Mane

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The Adventure of the Lion's Mane Short story

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone

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The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone Short story

The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter

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The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter Short story Undated 25 pages Held by the British Library

The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual

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The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual Short story

The Adventure of the Naval Treaty

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The Adventure of the Naval Treaty Short story

The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

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The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor Short story

The Adventure of the Norwood Builder (1903)

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The Adventure of the Norwood Builder Short story 50 pages 1903 The New York Public Library - Berg Collection

The Adventure of the Priory School

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The Adventure of the Priory School Short story

The Adventure of the Red Circle

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The Adventure of the Red Circle Short story

The Adventure of the Reigate Squire

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The Adventure of the Reigate Squire Short story


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 15 £5,000-£8,000 £24,000 £28,680 [7]

The Adventure of the Retired Colourman

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The Adventure of the Retired Colourman Short story Undated 18 pages Held by the British Library (1997~)

The Adventure of the Second Stain

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The Adventure of the Second Stain Short story Held by Haverford College, courtesy of Christopher Morley.

The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

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The Adventure of the Six Napoleons Short story

The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist

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The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist Short story 42 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
16.11.2004 Sotheby's (New York) 8012 509 $200,000-$300,000 $300,000 $344,000 [8]

The Adventure of the Speckled Band

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The Adventure of the Speckled Band Short story

The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk

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The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk Short story

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (1924)

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The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Short story Written ca. august 1923 24 pages
  • 24 pages, written in dark ink on one side only of 24 leaves of two different paper stocks: 11 sheets ship's stationery (235x180mm., versos of 6 sheets with printed heading "On board S.S....."), and 13 sheets good-quality lined paper (250 x 203mm.). Boldly titled at head of the first page "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"; the last page (containing the Holmes's brief concluding note "Re Vampires," dated "Baker St. Nov. 21st," signed "Sherlock Holmes." Page 11 trimmed at bottom by Holmes in the editing process, as was often his practice. THE TEXT WITH SCATTERED AUTHORIAL CORRECTIONS AND REVISIONS. The verso of p.11 with a lengthy section of dialogue (some 160 words, describing Holmes's and Watson's first meeting with the ill-fated Ferguson family) which Doyle has neatly crossed through. Small puncture at upper corners where once pinned together, BOUND FOR THE AUTHOR in white buckram boards, upper cover gilt-lettered "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," and, at bottom "A Sherlock Holmes Story." Quarter blue morocoo gilt protective case.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
09.06.2004 Christie's (New York) 1388 58 $150,000-$200,000 $350,000 $399,500

The Adventure of the Three Gables

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The Adventure of the Three Gables Short story Written ca. 1926 31 pages
  • 31 pages (8 x 6 1/4 in.; 20x160mm), Crowborough, [1926]; in dark ink on 31 ruled pages (rectos of leaves only), with numerous revisions; bound for Doyle in vellum by Spealls, upper cover gilt-lettered "The Adventure | of the | Three Gables | A Sherlock Holmes Story".


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
21.06.2007 Sotheby's (New York) 8330 104 $350,000-$500,000 Unsold Unsold

The Adventure of the Three Garridebs

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The Adventure of the Three Garridebs Short story

The Adventure of the Three Students

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The Adventure of the Three Students Short story

The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

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The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger Short story

The American's Story

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The American's Story Short story Written in 1879-80 30 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 9 $8,000-$12,000 $11,000 $13,145 [9]

The Argument from Necromancy (1920)

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The Argument from Necromancy Article Written in july 1920 2 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
20.04.2023 Potter & Potter Auctions (NY) 135 281 $4,000-$6,000 $4,320 $4,500

The Ballad of the Eurydice

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The Ballad of the Eurydice Poem 3 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
10.12.1993 Sotheby's (New York) ? ? ? Unsold Unsold

The Black Hawk (undated)

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The Black Hawk Play Undated 9 pages

The Bully of Brocas Court

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The Bully of Brocas Court Short story 27 pages
  • 202x161mm, ink on lined paper, numbered in pencil in another hand, fastened with brass tack at upper left corner (some spotting and soiling, most visible on first and final pages; center crease throughout; ink a little faded in some places; final page with a little creasing and a couple short closed tears). Quarter morocco clamshell case.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
10.12.1993 Sotheby's (New York) 320 $6,500 $7,475
06.10.2022 Christie's (New York) 19289 128 $15,000-$20,000
13.09.2023 RRAuction (USA) 674 376 $50,000-$55,000

The Coming of the Huns

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The Coming of the Huns Short story Undated 12 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5354

The Criminal (undated)

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The Criminal Play Undated 12 pages

The Crown Diamond (Undated)

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The Crown Diamond Play Undated 25 pages Held by Toronto Public Library (2010~)

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

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The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax Short story

The Edge of the Unknown

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The Edge of the Unknown Essay 1927-1930 Many pages (9 pages for chapter XV)


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
07.03.2024 Swann Auction Galleries (NY) 2661 153 [10] $3,000-$4,000 $2,400 $3,000

The Fires of Fate (undated)

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The Fires of Fate Play Undated 72 pages Private collection

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 45 £3,000-£5,000 £2,655 £3,346

The Flights of Dr Curtius (undated)

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The Flights of Dr Curtius Play Undated 14 pages

The Genius of George Meredith (1888)

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The Genius of George Meredith Lecture Written in 1888 24 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 104 £4,000-£6,000 £4,000 £4,780

The Great Shadow

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The Great Shadow Novel Undated 191 pages Held by Harry Ransom Center

The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe (ca. 1877)

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The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe Short story Written ca. 1877 24 pages Held by The National Library of Scotland

The Home-Coming

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The Home-Coming Short story Undated 17 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5292


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
10.12.1993 Sotheby's (New York) $3,250 $3,738

The Horror of the Heights

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The Horror of the Heights Short story Undated 18 pages Held by University of Minnesota

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)

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The Hound of the Baskervilles Novel Written in may-july 1901 35 pages left
  • Page chapter 12 : 2o (320x200 mm). Written in dark brown ink on the recto of a leaf of blue-lined, tan paper. With a number of cross-outs and interlinear additions. (Part of the compositor's copy, with a spindle hole in top left-hand corner and a pencil "7," in blank margin (denoting the 7th page in the chapter). (Neatly backed with laid paper, a tiny chip in lower margin, one minor smudge.)


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
16.11.2004 Sotheby's (New York) 8012 507 [11] $18,000-$25,000 $65,000 $78,000
03.12.2011 I.&L. Goldberg (L.A.) 66 183 [11] $115,000-$125,000 Unsold Unsold
07.12.2012 Christie's (New York) 2607 131 [12] $60,000-$80,000 $130,000 $158,500
11.04.2016 Bonham's (New York) 23644 14 [11] $100,000-$150,000 Unsold Unsold
16.06.2016 Christie's (New York) 12260 91 [13] $80,000-$120,000 Unsold Unsold
11.07.2019 Profiles in History (Calabasas) 104 49 [11] $120,000-$150,000 Unsold Unsold
06.11.2021 Heritage Auctions (Dallas) 6243 47171 [11] $85,000-$170,000 $340,000 $423,000

The King of the Foxes

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The King of the Foxes Short story Undated 9 pages Held by Dartmouth College (NH, USA)

The Land of Mist

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The Land of Mist Novel Written oct 1924 - feb 1925 277 bound leaves
  • Approximately 277 leaves, 228x172mm, 260x200mm (chapters XI and XII only) and 203x158mm (chapter XVI ff.3-16 and chapter XVII ff.1-14), a few other leaves cut down to a smaller size; blue or white lined paper, rectos only, occasional original or early foliation throughout, paper stock for chapter X (and a few leaves in chapter XVIII) with printed pagination; tipped on guards into an album, half red roan.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised Seller
11.11.1955 Parke-Bernet (New York) Nina Mdivani Conan Doyle
22.03.1966 Parke-Bernet (New York) A "Boston collector"

The Land of Mist (The Darker Side)

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The Land of Mist (The Darker Side) Unpublished chapter 1926 9 pages
  • 9 pages, 268 x 209mm, on lined paper, numbered in pencil 1-10 (f.3 lacking), the title added in a different ink, with the annotation 'This Chapter was lost in some strange way & never appeared in the book' (general light browning, pin holes at upper left causing a tear on f.1; the paper rather frayed at upper margin, perhaps where extracted from a pad, causing loss of a few words to first line of f.2; some wear and creasing to other margins, more marked on first two leaves).


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised Seller
10.07.2019 Christie's (London) 17200 581 £3,000-£5,000 £11,000 £13,750
30.07.2020 Christie's (London) 18887 39 £50,000-£80,000 £38,000 £47,500

The Last Galley (1910)

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The Last Galley Short story Written on 8 feb 1910 10 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5287


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
10.12.1993 Sotheby's (New York) $2,750 $3,163

The Last of the Legions

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The Last of the Legions Short story Undated 9 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5353


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
10.12.1993 Sotheby's (New York) $3,250 $3,738

The Last Resource

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The Last Resource Short story Held by a private collector (2004~)

The Leather Funnel

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The Leather Funnel Short story Undated 15 pages Held by The Newberry Library, MS 5290

The Lost World

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The Lost World Novel Undated ~300 pages Held by the New York Public Library

The Man with the Twisted Lip

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The Man with the Twisted Lip Short story

The Maracot Deep (1927)

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The Maracot Deep Novel Written in 1927 143 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.11.2003 Christie's (London) 6853 54 £30,000-£50,000 Unsold Unsold

The Marriage of the Brigadier

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The Marriage of the Brigadier Short story Undated 10 pages Held by the Toronto Public Library (2013~)

The Medal of Brigadier Gerard

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The Medal of Brigadier Gerard Short story 1891~1894 41 pages Held by the British Library (2015~)

The Narrative of John Smith (ca. 1880)

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The Narrative of John Smith Novel Re-written between 1884~1893 155 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 11 £40,000-£60,000 £38,000 £47,800

The New Nuctemeron (1930)

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The New Nuctemeron, The Twelve Hours of Apollonius of Tyana Introduction Written in 1930 1 page

The Nightmare Room

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The Nightmare Room Short story Undated 8 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.03.2015 Swann Auction Galleries (NY) 2376 186 $3,000-$4,000 $9,000 $11,250

The Old Testament (1928)

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The Old Testament Lecture Written on 14 august 1928 9½ pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 28 £500-£800 £2,000 £2,390 [14]

The Parish Magazine

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The Parish Magazine Short story Undated 11 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.03.2015 Swann Auction Galleries (NY) 2376 187 $3,000-$4,000 $8,000 $10,400

The Passage of the Red Sea (1873)

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The Passage of the Red Sea Poem Written on 14 november 1873

Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 3 £5,000-£8,000 £8,645 £10,158 [15]

The Prisoner's Defence (ca. 1915)

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The Prisoner's Defence Short story Undated 13 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
11.04.2016 Bonham's (New York) 23644 16 $20,000-$30,000 Unsold Unsold

The Problem of Thor Bridge (ca. 1921)

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The Problem of Thor Bridge Short story Undated 48 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
11.04.2016 Bonham's (New York) 23644 17 $250,000-$350,000 $215,000 $269,000

The Rattle of the Bicycles (undated)

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The Rattle of the Bicycles Poem Undated 1 page

The Red Star

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The Red Star Short story Undated 11 pages Held by a private collector (2004~)

The Refugees (1891)

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The Refugees Novel Dated january 1891 414 pages Held by Brigham Young University

The Romance of Medicine

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The Romance of Medicine Article Undated 19 pages Held by The Newberry Library

The Sign of Four

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The Sign of Four Novel 1889

Auctions / History

Joseph Marshall Stoddart (presumably the gift of Arthur Conan Doyle)
Louis Haber (bookplate, presumably the gift of Stoddart)
Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
01.12.1909 Anderson Galleries ? 552 ? ? ?
23.09.1978 Hanzel Galleries (Chicago)
David Gage Joyce
? 98 ? ? ?
04.12.1996 Sotheby's (New York) ? 71 ? ? ?
26.06.2024 Sotheby's (New York) 11497 ? $800,000–$1,200,000 ? ?

The Spiritualism Movement (1926)

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The Spiritualism Movement Essay Written ca. 1926 2 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
04.05.2017 Swann Auction Gallery (Los Angeles) 2446 345 $3,500-$5,000 Unsold Unsold
07.11.2017 Swann Auction Gallery (Los Angeles) 2461 236 $2,000-$3,000 Unsold Unsold
08.11.2018 Swann Auction Gallery (Los Angeles) 2492 316 $400-$600 $850 $1,105

The Stark Munro Letters

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The Stark Munro Letters Novel Written ca. 1894


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 14 £1,000-£1,500 £2,500 £2,988 [16]

The Story of a Bengal Tiger (ca. 1885)

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The Story of a Bengal Tiger Short story Written ca. 1885 Fragment of 36 words


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 2 [17] £3,000-£5,000 £4,300 £5,378

The Story of [S]Pedegue's Dropper

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The Story of Spedegue's Dropper Short story Undated 25 pages
  • 25 pages (253x196mm), text with occasional additions and corrections in the author's hand, signed at the end of the text ("A Conan Doyle | Crowborough"), collector's chemise and black morocco-backed slipcase, slight browning, some creases to extremities, pin holes.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
26.05.2011 Bloomsbury Auctions (London) 35815 293 £4,000-£6,000 £15,000 £18,300
25.11.2015 Sotheby's (London) 15416 22 £14,000-£18,000 Unsold Unsold
10.07.2018 Sotheby's (London) 18416 70 £10,000-£15,000 £10,000 £12,500

The Terror of Blue John Gap

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The Terror of Blue John Gap Short story Undated ? Held by Dartmouth College (NH, USA)

The Undiscovered Country (1918)

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The Undiscovered Country Introduction Written on 20 march [1918] 2 pages Held by Richard J. Sveum private collection
  • 2 pages, folio, rectos only, professionally repaired along folds.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
17.04.2002 Christie's (New York) 1104 210 $2,500-$3,500 $2,750 $3,346

The Valley of Fear

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The Valley of Fear Novel

The Vital Message (c. 1918-1919)

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The Vital Message Essay 16 november [c. 1918-1919] 67 pages
  • Most 322x202mm but many cut in half or shorter; pencil, black, and violet ink on mostly lined paper; organized in five sections, each fastened with a brass tack at top left corner (some foxing and minor soiling, light edgewear in some places). Full morocco clamshell box.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
10.12.1993 Sotheby's (New York) 319 $6,000 $6,900
06.10.2022 Christie's (New York) 19289 127 $15,000-$25,000 $22,000 $27,720

The Voyage of Copley Banks

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The Voyage of Copley Banks Short story Private collection (2004~)

The Voyage of the Flowery Land (1899)

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The Voyage of the "Flowery Land" Short story Written in 1899 13 pages Held by The Morgan Library (1978~)


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
08.03.1978 Christie's (London) 333 ?

The Waterloo Play (undated)

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The Waterloo Play Play Undated 15 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.05.2004 Christie's (London) 6972 42 [18] £8,000-£12,000 Unsold Unsold

The White Company (1891)

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The White Company Novel

Through the Veil

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Through the Veil Short story Undated 6 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.03.2015 Swann Auction Galleries (NY) 2376 185 $3,000-$4,000 $5,200 $6,500

Uncle Bernac (1895-1896)

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Uncle Bernac Novel Undated (1895-1896) 122 pages

Written in ink on 4to (13x8) sheets. About 50,000 words with corrections by the author. Enclosed in a cloth slip case with folding wrapper, together presented in a custom felt-lined folding wooden box with brass plaque and latches. Held by Roy Pilot between 2002 and 2024. Number of manuscript pages by chapters:

  • I. The Coast of France. 12 ff.
  • II. The Salt-marsh. 10 ff. (p. 19 pagination repeated).
  • III. The ruined cottage. 5 ff.
  • IV. Men of the night. 11 ff.
  • V. Bloodhounds. 10 ff (p. 45 pagination repeated).
  • VI. The Secret Passage. 8 ff.
  • VII. The Owner of Grosbois. 7 ff.
  • VIII. Cousin Sibylle. 9 ff.
  • IX. The Camp of Boulogne. 9 ff.
  • X. The Anti room. 10 ff.
  • XI. The Secretary. 7 ff.
  • XII. Untitled (Buonaparte). 12 ff.
  • XIII. Untitled (The Encounter). 13 ff.
  • XIV. Untitled (Retrospective). 2 ff.


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
15.02.2024 Potter & Potter Auctions (NY) 1174 59 $30,000-$40,000 $34,000 $42,500

The Youngest of the Sciences (1887~1891)

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The Youngest of the Sciences (alternative title: "The Development of Hypnotism") Essay Undated 22 pages Held at Berg Collection (New York)

Ypres (1915)

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Ypres Poem Written in september 1915 4 pages


Auctions

Date (d/m/y) Auction House Sale Lot Estimated price Hammer price Price realised
19.11.2003 Christie's (London) 6853 53 £2,000-£3,000 Unsold Unsold
28.03.2006 Bonham's (London) 13809 72 £2,000-£3,000 £900 £1,080

Published facsimile

Sorted by publishing date.




  1. Bought by Classic Bindings, a bookseller.
  2. Lot also included a 49-page autograph manuscript, a course of reading devised for Lady Jean Conan Doyle by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  3. Lot included only 13 pages (of 24) : pages 1-4, 7-8, 11-13, 15, 18, and 23-24.
  4. The lot included the poem and many other letters and documents.
  5. The sale included also an autographed letter by Conan Doyle to presumably Peter F. Collier dated december 1908. Inscribed "To Mr. Collier with best Xmas wishes, December 1908 from Arthur Conan Doyle."
  6. Sold with an original drawing of the character Charles Augustus Milverton, made by Frederic Dorr Steele in 1904 and published with the story in its first appearance in Collier's. Pen-and ink and black crayon on paper, 225 x 185mm.
  7. The lot was only a fragment with the last 11 lines of the manuscript. Bought by Dr. Constantine Rossakis.
  8. The manuscript sold had only the firt 40 pages (of 42).
  9. The lot also included other notes and verse in a notebook entitled "Notes on Medicine Session 1879-80". Lot bought by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  10. 1 page from Chapter XV: Singular Records of a Circle.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 1 leaf only (header page of chapter 13).
  12. 1 leaf only (page from chapter 12 beginning with "than before").
  13. 1 leaf only (page from chapter 5).
  14. Bought by The Newberry Library (Chicago, USA).
  15. The lot included the poem and many other letters and documents.
  16. Auction for a fragment and notes only.
  17. The lot also included an autograph letter signed by Conan Doyle's mother, Mary Doyle, to Jean Conan Doyle, and an autograph note by Mary Doyle concerning the fragment and printed copy of Conan Doyle's essay 'My First Book VI. - Juvenilia' in The Idler, January 1893, Vol. 2, pp. 633-640, with his alterations for a future edition.
  18. The lot included also a typescript "Sir Charles Tregellis".