DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," 34 pp, 4to, South Norwood, London, c.1893,
Lot 12
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," 34 pp, 4to, South Norwood, London, c.1893,
US$ 380,000 - 420,000
£310,000 - 340,000

Lot Details
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," 34 pp, 4to, South Norwood, London, c.1893, DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," 34 pp, 4to, South Norwood, London, c.1893, DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," 34 pp, 4to, South Norwood, London, c.1893,
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. 1859-1930.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," 34 pp, 4to, South Norwood, London, c.1893, in sepia ink on ruled paper removed from a composition book, with revisions in ink and pencil, publisher's page count in blue crayon, pp 22 & 33 versos with pencil scribbling by a child, tears and creases along edges with some slight loss not affecting text, some light spotting throughout. Housed in a custom-made red cloth portfolio with gilt labelled spine, some light fingermarks.
Provenance: Christies London, December 18, 1964 (bought by Lew Feldman on behalf of the author's son Adrian Conan Doyle); Sold Christie's, May 5, 1982, lot 102.

"ART IN THE BLOOD IS LIABLE TO TAKE THE STRANGEST FORMS." One of the great early Sherlock Holmes stories from the canon, originally published simultaneously in both London and the US, in The Strand Magazine, September 1893; and Harper's Weekly, September 16, 1893, and reprinted in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, London: John Newnes Ltd., 1893 and New York: Harper & Bros., 1894. This story introduces Sherlock's older brother Mycroft (originally "ten years my senior"), who demonstrates his own keen powers of observation and deduction when the three meet in the eccentric Diogenes Club ("the queerest club in London"). Holmes comes to the aid of Mycroft's neighbor, Melas, a Greek court translator who was kidnapped under bizarre circumstances. The mystery leads to two murders that Holmes suspects were carried out by the young lady in the case. As Leslie S. Klinger points out in The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes (Vol 1, 2005, p 635), "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" is only one of two Sherlock Holmes cases in which Mycroft takes an active part. Holmes also reveals that although he may be a descendant of country squires, one of his grandmothers was the sister of a well-known French artist, Vernet. Conan Doyle lived at 12 Tennison Road in South Norwood in South-east London, from 1891 to 1894; and apparently it would appear that one of his children scribbled and doodled on a couple of pages in pencil. Although Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce never appeared in a film of the story, they did perform it on the radio in 1940 and 1943. The story as been filmed four times in 1922, 1955, 1968 and 1985, mostly recently with Jeremy Brett as Holmes and David Burke as Watson.
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