A dazzling collection of rare art and documents illuminate the life of Sherlock Holmes beyond the page.
As one of the most beloved characters in the English language, Sherlock Holmes sometimes seems to have a life of his own, one that leaps beyond the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery stories. Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects aims its magnifying glass toward a host of overlooked extra-literary objects that tell the story of the famed detective’s publication history outside of Doyle’s original canon. Drawing on their extensive collection of Holmes-related bibliographic material, Cathy and Glen S. Miranker brings to light exhibits ranging from original manuscripts, handwritten letters, business correspondence, vintage book art, pirated editions, and more, all presented in thematic clusters that highlight their significance to the case at hand. Throughout, the Mirankers invite readers to share in the collector’s enthusiasm for the kinds of rarities and oddities that help decipher the appeal of Sherlock Holmes in ways that transcend what can be found on the page.
About the Author
Cathy Miranker is a former reporter and editor with the Associated Press, a children's book author, and a fiber artist. She current divides her time between Sherlockian scholarship and quiltmaking.
Glen Miranker is one of the foremost collectors of Sherlockian books and has served as a bibliophilic consultant and lecturer for numerous institutions, including the Toronto Reference Library, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Newberry Library.
“Mighty fine-looking” — Times Literary Supplement
"Even non-Sherlockians will find Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects irresistible and may succumb to Sherlock’s allure, thanks largely to Glen Miranker’s splendid job. Autograph collectors/dealers will find this an unbeatable storehouse of Doyle handwriting exemplars that also aids in ferreting out those pesky proxies. Bibliophiles will appreciate the many fine rarities pictured and detailed elaboration on the critical points that identify them. Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects is an absolute must-have reference for the Sherlockians among us – and an entertaining education for those who are not." — Bill Butts