Mandate for Murder (“The Red Circle”)

Mandate for Murder (

Mandate for Murder.

A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“The Red Circle” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
along with Commentary on the Story.

Edited & introduced by Roy Pilot, BSI,
Gianluca Salvatori, BSI, and Enrico Solito, BSI.

“The Adventure of the Red Circle” is the second story in the Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series with an Italian theme. This facsimile edition represents a unique collaboration of editors from two countries, Roy Pilot, BSI, of the United States, and Gianluca Salvatori, BSI, and Enrico Solito, BSI, of Italy. The volume includes a transcript of the manuscript held by the Lilly Library along with a typescript and transcription notes by Jane and Philip Weller.

Contributors include Philip Weller’s study on Italian influences in the Canon through six British residents of Naples; Gianluca Salvatori’s comments on secret societies; Enrico Solito’s major work on the principal Italian characters of the adventure; John Genova’s paper on the Strand illustrators; and an original discovery by Steve Doyle, BSI, regarding the Long Island Cave mystery. Peter E. Blau contributed a brief note introducing two letters from Bliss Austin (reproduced here) regarding the provenance of the manuscript.

177 pages, hardcover, 2006

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Table of Contents for Mandate for Murder

General Editor’s Preface to the Series
by Leslie S. Klinger

Introduction
by Roy Pilot

Introduzione
by Gianluca Salvatori and Enrico Solito

Manuscript of “The Adventure of the Red Circle”

Transcription of “The Adventure of the Red Circle”
by Jane and Philip Weller

Transcription Notes
by Jane and Philip Weller

The Adventure of the Six Neapolitans: Italian Influences within “The Red Circle”
by Philip Weller

Case Closed: The Long Island Cave Mystery
by Steven T. Doyle

Secret Societies of Some Sort: Mafia, Camorra, and Carboneria
by Gianluca Salvatori

My Name is Barelli—Augusto Barelli
by Enrico Solito

The Illustrators of “The Red Circle”: H.M. Brock, RI & Joseph Simpson, RBA
by John J. Genova

Some Notes on the Provenance of the Manuscript
by Peter Blau and J. Bliss Austin

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The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, in cooperation with leading libraries and private collectors, publishes The Manuscript Series to bring to the public facsimile editions of manuscripts and other documents relating to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with insightful commentary by talented Sherlockian and Doylean writers.

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