Black Cloth Hard Cover
with Dustjacket, 388 pages with Index.
ISBN 1-55246-168-8 $45.00
"At long last the idea that you and I have always cherished of a Sherlock Holmes calendar, or Almanac, shows promise of realization. Svend Petersen, the gentle soul who has now brought The Red Circle of Washington into being, has just sent me the sample entries which I enclose, for your delight." Thus wrote Edgar W. Smith to Christopher Morley on November 22, 1950.
The publication Smith wrote of, A Sherlock Holmes Almanac, was finally published by Svend Petersen, BSI, in 1956, in a mimeographed edition of perhaps as few as 100 copies. It was snapped up by Sherlockian collectors and was never reprinted--until now. Now A Sherlock Holmes Almanac has been enlarged, updated, and republished by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box. It is available—at long last--to all chronologically-minded followers of The Master Detective.
What happened when in the world of Sherlock Holmes and his followers? When was Dr. Watson wounded at the battle of Maiwand? When did Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery of The Six Napoleons? When was the Langham Hotel, hostelry to three Canonical characters, opened for business? "Wilson took Delhi" says Jonathan Small in "The Sign of the Four"—who was Wilson and when did he take Delhi? When was Arthur Conan Doyle knighted? When was the hansom cab invented and who was it named for? When was "The Gloria Scott" blown up? When and where did the Sherlockian illustrations of Frederic Dorr Steele first appear? When did William Gillette's play "Sherlock Holmes" open? When was Basil Rathbone born? When and where was the first plaque dedicated to Sherlock Holmes installed? When and where was the first conference devoted to Sherlock Holmes held? When was The Baker Street Irregulars opened up to women? All those questions, and hundreds more, are answered in A Sherlock Holmes Almanac.
The book lists, by month and day, all the events in the Canon for which a date can be established. It also lists the birth dates of people mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories, important events in the Victorian era, birth dates of famous Sherlockians, founding dates of Sherlockian societies, events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, birth dates of actors who have portrayed Holmes, Watson, and other Canonical characters, and more. A comprehensive index makes finding information in the Almanac easy. Devotion to the Master Detective knows no season. A Sherlock Holmes Almanac knows every season and every day. It is your complete guide to the Sherlockian year.
A Sherlock Holmes Almanac. Originally compiled by Svend Petersen. Revised and expanded by Carl William Thiel, Karen Murdock, Frank Darlington, Edwin Christenson, BSI, and George A. Vanderburgh, M.Bt.