Irregular Stain (“The Second Stain”)

Irregular Stain (

Irregular Stain.

A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“The Second Stain” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
with Annotations and Commentary on the Story.

Edited & introduced by
Andrew Solberg, BSI and Robert Katz, MD, BSI.

“The Adventure of the Second Stain” is one of the three Sherlockian adventures dealing with international espionage, and since its publication over a century ago, has engendered considerable speculation concerning the actual parties and nations involved. Irregular Stain, the ninth in the Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series, presents the story in a larger format than earlier Series offerings. It’s the first color reproduction of a Holmes manuscript, and also features color facsimiles of proofs and of an original drawing by Sidney Paget.

Published by the BSI in cooperation with Haverford College, the volume reproduces the original manuscript of the story as well as the galley proofs of the original publication. Also included are an annotated typescript of the manuscript, along with commentary, a history of the manuscript, analyses by noted Sherlockians, and articles on topics related to the tale and its historical and political background.

200 pages, 10″ x 7″ hardcover, December 2013
With the manuscript reproduction plus 1 color and 7 b&w illustrations

Irregular Stain

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Table of Contents for Irregular Stain

Original Sidney Paget Frontispiece Drawing for The Strand Magazine
Courtesy of Glen Miranker

General Editor’s Foreword and Preface to the Series
by Andrew G. Fusco

by Robert Katz, MD and Andrew Solberg

Traversing the Carpet of “The Second Stain”
by Phillip Bergem

Manuscript Facsimile of “The Adventure of the Second Stain” with Annotated Transcription
by Phillip Bergem

Galley Proofs Facsimile
Introduction by Constantine Rossakis, MD
Facsimile Pages
Differences with the Collier’s Version by Phillip Bergem

Uncovering “The Second Stain”: Its History and Manuscript
by Randall Stock

Stained Reputations – High Treason in “The Second Stain”
by William Walsh

Stains are Forever: Espionage and International Politics in “The Second Stain”
by Rodney McCaslin

Without Cover – Legal Aspects of “The Second Stain”
by Paul Haagen

Mainlining: The Haverford College—BSI Connection
by Steven Rothman and Robert Katz, MD

Stained Vows: “The Second Stain” and English Matrimonial Law
by Elizabeth L. Rosenblatt

Forget Blue – It Was Red and Black
by John Baesch and William Walsh

The Unusual Suspects: Contributors

Learn More

Audio Interview with the editors (podcast at I Hear of Sherlock)

Website of Haverford College Special Collections (manuscript owner)

Other BSI Manuscript Series books

BSI Press / Books overview page

About the Series

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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