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    Sherlock Holmes Creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Autograph Letter Signed "Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot," is a familiar quote from Doyle's legendary fictional character Sherlock Holmes. There are some others we like: "Come at once if convenient - if inconvenient come all the same," "I listen to their story, they listen to my comments, and then I pocket my fee," and "I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely," to name a few. The creator of Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, was born in Scotland and studied medicine, actually serving as a physician in the Boer War. He turned to writing to fend off poverty and did pretty well for himself. Doyle published his first Holmes tale, A Study in Scarlet, in 1887. Over the following 40 years he published 56 short stories and four novels featuring Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. He also wrote on spiritualism, to which he became a convert in later life. This lot contains a one-page letter, written and signed, "A. Conan Doyle," dated April 12, 5" x 8" in size, concerning an upcoming work. In full, "Please don't order a copy. I have asked them to send one when it appears. The censor took out all names bar killed, wounded & Corps Commanders. Otherwise your brother's would have appeared. I had mislaid your address and would have returned the papers long ago. Now I have mislaid the papers. I will hunt for them today." Fine condition, original mailing folds. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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