A Private New York Book Club Stages A Sherlock Holmes Exhibition Open To The Public

The Grolier Club is organizing the exhibition

Time Out publication reports that the Grolier Club is a private New York City book club, but now it has decided to organize a Sherlock Holmes exhibition open to the general public.

The first such exhibition in more than half a century is titled: Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects, and is open from January to April 16, 2022. It will feature “an unrivaled number” of Sir Conan Doyle’s belongings, including four short story manuscripts, a wealth of holograph letters from Doyle to friends, colleagues, and well-wishers, an idea book of his private musings, including a calendar note where he wrote “killed Holmes” on, as well as a never-before-displayed handwritten speech detailing his explanation for killing off Holmes.

The collection, assembled by Glen S. Miranker, also includes pages from The Hound of the Baskervilles, original artwork by the British and American illustrators who created Sherlock’s iconic look, a fascinating cache of pirated editions, and the only known salesman’s dummy for the American version of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The exhibit is broken up into different “clusters” to present them within context for better insight. For example, you’ll see souvenirs, posters, and programs from when William Gillette performed in the play Sherlock Holmes, but you’ll also see Gillette’s correspondence with Doyle, including a 1901 Christmas card with this note: “Did you ever imagine that Sherlock would be sending his compliments to his maker?”

Another attractive fact is that the exhibit entrance is free, but potential visitors have to RSVP on Eventbrite.

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