1916. Original handwritten manuscript (in ink), signed. A real working manuscript, heavily corrected, more so than any Sherlock Holmes manuscript I’ve seen. 14 pages (various sizes, folio to 12mo. in height but every page 8” wide), not complete, but all that’s known to survive. Anticipatable wear of author use, else very good. Rare. Chronologically the last case, an espionage masterpiece, set on the eve of WWI, universally acknowledged as among the very finest of the Holmes stories, and the only adventure collected in a 1st edition that was titled after it. Very good. Item #241
Sherlock Holmes stands tall as the most popular character in the history of fiction. Only 2 of his manuscripts have sold for the auction record in this decade, The Solitary Cyclist, also incomplete ($300,000 hammer, Sotheby’s, NY, 2004), and The Sussex Vampire ($350,000 hammer, Christie’s, NY, 2004), and here’s a nudge. Holmes manuscripts, of this excellence, at $125,000, are not to be matched, meaning, you’re not going to get a better one for our price, or an equal one for less.