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CDM MORLEY
references end in 1944
WBG BARING-GOULD
references end in 1967
MM MURPHY
references end in 1975
JBS SHAW 
references end in 1988
DIOGENES DIOGENES 
notes are current to 2002
OP PENZLER
Penzler's 100 indespensibles end in 1977
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WRITINGS ABOUT THE
SACRED WRITINGS
CDM WBG MM JBS
ANNOTATIONS
1902
Open letter to Dr. Watson
Frank Sedgwick
no yes no no WBG noted this as one of the earliest writings about the writings
1902
Some Inconsistencies of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Bartlett Maurice 
Bookman
no yes no no WBG noted this as one of the earliest writings about the writings
1902
More Sherlock Holmes Theories
Arthur Bartlett Maurice
Bookman
no yes no no WBG noted this as one of the earliest writings about the writings
1904
Adventure of the Three Students Analysis
Andrew Lang
Longman's Magazine
no yes no no WBG noted this as one of the earliest writings about the writings

1911/1912
Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes
Monsignor Ronald A. Knox, (first read, 1911), first published in The Blue Book, 1912
yes yes yes yes CDM, WBG, MM and JBS considered this The Cornerstone in Sherlockian literature. 
DIOGENES: 1st essay of "higher criticism".  later republished in Essays in Satire and other volumes;  see the Diogenes Club Membership Directory for more information about Msgr. Ronald A. Knox and The Cornerstone of Sherlockiana. Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes may be found at this website.
OP:  Number 28
1917
Sherlockian Studies:  7 
Pieces of Sherlockiana
Robert A. Cutter, Ed.
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
no no yes yes DIOGENES: printed by the Baker Street Press in 1947, limited to 200. privately reprinted by Magico in 1983
OP:  Number 58 

1928
Essays in Satire 
Monsignor Ronald A. Knox

The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes yes yes yes DIOGENES: 1st book appearance of STUDIES. This volume has been reprinted at various times
CDM, WBG, MM and JBS considered as The Cornerstone of Sherlockian collections due to containing Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes
OP:  Number 28
1929
A Note on the Watson Problem
Sir Sydney Roberts
no yes no no none
1930
In Memorium:  Sherlock Holmes 
Christopher D. Morley
no yes no  no DIOGENES:  first published in "Bowling Green" August 2, 1930.  reprinted as the introduction to The Doubleday Complete Sherlock Holmes.  See the Diogenes Club Membership Directory for more information about Christopher Morley
1931
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson
HW Bell
no no no yes none

1931
Doctor Watson: 
Prolegamena to a Biographical Problem
Sir Sydney Roberts
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes yes yes no WBG suggested this as "the fullest and best, but not yet defiinitive biography..."
MM considered this as a Cornerstone Work
DIOGENES:  considered by most as THE life of Watson
OP:  Number 32
1932
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson:  A Chronology of Their Adventures
HW Bell
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yes yes no no WBG suggested this as the first attempt to develop a chronology.  The original was very hard to find when the Annotated was written.
DIOGENES:limited to 500
OP:  Number 34 

1932
Sherlock Holmes:  Fact or Fiction?
TS Blakeney
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes yes yes yes MM considered this as a Cornerstone Work of critical essays; 
WBG suggested this chronology as more difficult to find in original format than in reprint
DIOGENES:life of Holmes.  available as a reprint from BSI and Otto Penzler Books
OP:  Number 33

1933
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Vincent Starrett
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yes no n/a yes MM's recommendations may be found in the 1975 reprint of the 1960 revision of this volume
DIOGENES:  considered by most as THE life of Holmes.  see the Diogenes Club Membership Directory for more information about Vincent Starrett
OP:  Number 35 

1934
Baker Street Studies
HW Bell, Ed.
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes yes yes no WGB noted this as the first Sherlockian anthology. 
MM considered this a Cornerstone Work
OP:  Number 36
1938
Ex Libris A. Conan Doyle
Walter Klinefelter
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yes no  no no DIOGENES: limited to 250. 
OP:  Number 43
1938
Appointment in Baker 
Street
Edgar W. Smith
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes no no no DIOGENES: limited to 250.  Smith also corrected and edited the LEC (1950) and Heritage (1952, 1957) editions of the Complete Canon.   see the Diogenes Club Membership Directory for more information about Edgar W. Smith
OP:  Number 41 

1940
221b:  Studies in Sherlock Holmes
Vincent Starrett
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes yes yes no WGB noted this as the first American anthology
DIOGENES:  available in reprint from Mysterious Press and Biblo and Tannen (1969)
OP:  Number 44 

1940
Baker Street and Beyond, A Sherlockian Gazetteer
Edgar W. Smith
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes no yes yes DIOGENES: first gazetteer
OP:  Number 45 
1941
Murder for Pleasure:  The Life and Times of the Detective 
Story
Howard Haycraft
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
no no no yes none
1942
Letters from Baker Street
Edgar W. Smith
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes no  no no none
1942
Sherlock Holmes of Baker 
Street
William S. Baring-Gould
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
no no yes no MM noted that this was reprinted in 1963
1942
Bookman's Holiday
Vincent Starrett
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
no no yes no MM noted this volume contained a "classic commentary on Sherlock Holmes"

1944
Profile by Gaslight:  An Irregular Reader About the Life of Sherlock Holmes
Edgar W. Smith, Ed.
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
yes yes no yes DIOGENES: verse, essays and other commentary.  About 125 volumes were distributed at 1944 BSI dinner
MM noted that ALL of the Smith work was worthy of notice
OP:  Number 52 

1944
A Baker Street Four Wheeler:  16 Pieces of Sherlockiana
Edgar W. Smith, Ed
The Diogenes Club:  The gWriting Desk
no  no yes yes MM considered this a Cornerstone Work
1945
Baker Street Inventory:  A Sherlockian Bibliography
Edgar W. Smith
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a  no yes yes DIOGENES: limited to 300
OP:  Number 54 
1945
A Baker Street Folio: 
Edited Letters of Franklin 
D. Roosevelt on the BSI
Edgar W. Smith
n/a no yes no MM:  published by BSI

1946
Unpopular Opinions
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes yes DIOGENES: Sayers was the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey.
MM considered this a Cornerstone Work

1947
An Irregular Chronology of Sherlock Holmes of Baker 
Street
Jay Finley Christ
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a yes yes yes WBG considered this 3rd chronology the most daring and scholarly of the 7 chronologies to date.
MM consdered this a Cornerstone Work

1947
An Irregular Guide to Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street
Jay Finley Christ
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes no MM considered this a Cornerstone Work
DIOGENES: a concordance
OP:  Number 61 
1947
Books and Bipeds
Vincent Starrett
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes no MM noted this contained numerous columns on Sherlock Holmes

1947
The Second Cab
James Koldie, Ed
The Speckled Band
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes yes JBS noted 3 more in volumes in series.
MM noted this privately printed work as a Cornerstone Work
1948
The Illustrious Clients Casebook
JN Williamson, HB Williams, Ed.
n/a no no yes none
1949-1953
Studies in Sherlock Holmes
OF Grazebrook
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no no yes JBS noted 7 pamphlets over the period
OP:  Number 64
1950
Art in the Blood
James Montgomery
n/a no no yes none

1951
My Dear Holmes:  A Study 
in Sherlock
Gavin Brend
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a yes yes yes MM noted this as a Cornerstone Work
OP:  Number 67
1951
Baker Street Chronology:  Commentaries on the 
Sacred Writings of Dr. 
John H. Watson
Dr. Ernest Bloomfield Zeisler
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a yes no yes DIOGENES: limited to 200
OP:  Number 73
1952
Sherlock Holmes:  Master Detective
TC Blegen, EW McDiarmid, Ed.
n/a no no yes none
1952
Three Trifling Monographs
James Montgomery
n/a no no yes JBS noted Art in the Blood, Shots from the Canon and Three Trifling Monographs by James Montgomery were reprinted together by Magico in 1983
1953
Shots from the Canon
James Montgomery
n/a no no yes none
1953
Holmes and Watson:  A Miscellany
S. C. Roberts
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes yes none
1953
Baker Street Chronology
Dr. Ernest Bloomfield Zeisler
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no no yes none
1953-1960
Simpson's Sherlockian Studies
A. Carson Simpson
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no no yes JBS noted 8 pamphlets over the period
DIOGENES: limited to 221 except for last pamphlet
OP:  Number 74
1955
The Chronological Holmes
WS Baring-Gould
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a yes yes yes MM noted that this was privately printed
1955
The Best of the Pips:  A Collection of Writings 
about the Writings
RW Clark
The Five Orange Pips
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes yes MM noted this as a collection of commentaries by one of the earliest of scion societies.  privately printed
OP:  Number 78
1957
Baker Street and Beyond
Edgar W. Smith, Ed.
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no no yes none

1958
The Inconubular Sherlock Holmes
Edgar W. Smith
n/a no yes yes MM considered this a Cornerstone Work

1959
Baker Street By-Ways
James E. Holroyd
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes yes MM considered this a Cornerstone Work
OP:  Number 86

1959
Introducing Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Edgar W. Smith
n/a no yes yes MM considered this a Cornerstone Work
1959
Leaves from the Copper Beeches
The Copper Beeches
n/a no no yes JBS considered this equal to More Leaves from the Copper Beeches
OP:  Number 85
1960
In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes
Michael Harrison
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes no DIOGENES: a geographical treatise on the world of Sherlock Holmes
OP:  Number 83
1962
Sherlock Holmes of Baker 
Street
WS Baring-Gould
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no no yes DIOGENES: considered by many as the best of the Holmes biographies 
OP:  Number 87
1962
Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson, An Encyclopedia of Their 
Affairs
Orlando Park
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes no MM noted this as an "extensive and emminently readable index".  DIOGENES:  Republished as The Sherlock Holmes Encyclopedia in 1985
1962
Sherlock Holmes, The Writings of John H. Watson  MD
Edgar W. Smith
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n.a no no yes none
1963
Sherlock Holmes in 
Portrait and Profile
Walter Klinefelter
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes yes MM considered this a major work on illustrators. Reprinted in 1975 by Schocken Books.
OP:  Number 89
1963
London by Gaslight
Michael Harrison
n/a no yes no none
1963
The Sherlock Holmes Companion
Michael and Mollie Hardwick
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes no none
1964
Through the Years at Baker Street:  A Chronology of Sherlock Holmes
Henry T. Folsom
n/a yes no no WBG noted this as the 7th chronology (revised) to date in the Annotated
1965
West by One and by One:  An Anthology of Irregular Writing
Scowerers, Molly Maguires and Trained Cormorants
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no no yes none
1965
Elementary, My Dear 
Watson
Irving and Mary Jaffee
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no yes no MM considered this a "minor series of essays".
1965
The Tin Dispatch Box:  A Compendium of the Unpublished Cases of Sherlock Holmes
Christopher A. Redmond
n/a no no yes DIOGENES:  See Mr. Redmond's Webpage for more information about the writing of this compendium (written when he was a teenager).  His website is considered by many as one of the most complete of the Sherlock Holmes websites. Sherlockian.Net Holmepage
1967
Seventeen Steps to 221B
James E. Holroyd
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a no no yes none
1968
Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Henry Lauritzen
n/a n/a yes no DIOGENES/MM:  Mr. Lauritzen was Honorary President of the DanishBSI.  privately printed, limited to 500 copies, originally in Danish
1970
Sherlock Holmes:  Ten Literary Studies
Trevor Hall
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes no none
1971
The Late Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Trevor Hall
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes no none
1971
In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes:  Revised Edition
Michael Harrison
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a no yes MM indicated this as "highly recommended". reprinted in 1972
1972
A Sherlock Holmes Commentary
D. Martin Dalkin
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes yes MM noted this as "engaging"
1973
The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook
Peter Haining
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a no yes JBS considered this equal to A Sherlock Holmes Compendium 
1973
Late, Later and Possibly 
Last
Vincent Starrett
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes no MM noted this contained Starrett's last Sherlockian essay.  limited to 500
1973
The World of Sherlock Holmes
Michael Harrison
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a no yes JBS considered this equal to I, Sherlock Holmes
1974
Sherlock Holmes Detected
Ian McQueen
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes yes none

1974
The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
Ronald B. De Waal
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes yes DIOGENES:  The information contained in this and the companion volume The International Sherlock Holmes can be found in expanded form ONLINE at The Universal Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes.
OP:  Number 98
1975
Encomiums for Vincent Starrett
Vincent Starrett
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes no MM noted this as Starrett's most beautifully done work
1976
Beyond Baker Street:  A Sherlockian Anthology
Michael Harrison, Ed.
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1976
More Leaves from the Copper Beeches
The Copper Beeches
n/a n/a n/a yes JBS considered this equal to Leaves from the Copper Beeches
1977
I, Sherlock Holmes
Michael Harrison
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes JBS considered this equal to The World of Sherlock Holmes
1977
The Encyclopedia Sherlockiana
Jack Tracy
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes DIOGENES:  published in hadback and  paperback and re-published in hardback 
1978
Cultivating Sherlock 
Holmes
The Norwegian Explorerers
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1978
On the Scent with Sherlock Holmes
Walter Shepherd
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes JBS noted an enlarged edition by Gaslight, 1988

1980
A Sherlock Holmes Compendium
Peter Haining, Ed.
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes JBS considered this equal to The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook
DIOGENES:  Compendium was republished as The Sherlock Holmes Companion in 1994 by B&N.  Contains Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes, which may be found at this website.

1980
The International Sherlock Holmes
Ronald B. De Waal
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes DIOGENES:  The information contained in this and the companion volume The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson can be found in expanded form ONLINE at The Universal Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes.
1981
Sherlock Holmes in 
America
Bill Blackburn, Ed.
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1982
Dr. Joe Bell:  Model for Sherlock Holmes
Ely M. Liebow
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1982
My Dear Watson
Henry Lauritzen
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a yes no DIOGENES:  privately printed in Danish, limited to 413 copies.  translated by Bjarne Nielson, current President of the Danish BSI.  it is unclear how this piece (with a publication date of 1982) was included in a book published in 1975, unless the translation date is the 1982 date and the book was actually published in Danish earlier. 
MM considered this as representative of the "best of the foreign work"
1982
For the Sake of the Trust:  Sherlock Holmes and the Musgrave Ritual
Edward A. Merrill
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1982
Sherlock Holmes:
A Study In Sources
Donald A. Redmond
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1983
The Game is Afoot
David L. Hammer
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes JBS considered this complementary as a guide to Sherlockian places with For the Sake of the Game
1983
The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Paul Herbert
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1983
A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle
Richard Lancelyn Green and John Michale Gibson
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1984
A Study in Surmise:  The Making of Sherlock Holmes
Michael Harrison
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1984
The Baker Street Reader:  Cornerstone Writings About Sherlock Holmes
Philip A. Shreffler, Ed
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1986
For the Sake of the Game
David L. Hammer
n/a n/a n/a yes JBS considered this  complementary as a guide to Sherlockian places with The Game is Afoot 
1986
The Sherlock Holmes Letters
Richard Lancelyn Green
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1987
The Complete Guide to Sherlock Holmes
Michael Hardwick
The Diogenes Club:  The Writing Desk
n/a n/a n/a yes none
1987
The Elementary Methods of Sherlock Holmes
Brad Keefauver
n/a n/a n/a yes none
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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, 1944, Christopher Morley
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, 1960/1975, Vincent Starrett, readings: Michael Murphy
The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, 1967, William S. Baring-Gould
The Basic 100, 1988, John Bennett Shaw
A Few (Million) Words about my Good Friend Holmes, 1977, Otto Penzler
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