Back around the time I first started Baker Street Babble, I acquired The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, by Leslie Klinger. I think it's a great piece of work, an indispensable reference work for any Holmes fan. It was awhile later that I learned that Klinger had published an earlier series of annotated Sherlock Holmes, entitled The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library. This ten volume series of paperback annotated Holmes, published by Gasogene Books, has what appear to be completely different annotations of the stories and novels from the ones in The New Annotated. I recently purchased one of the volumes from the series: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Although the Introduction and the annotations seem to be top notch, I can't say that the series as a whole is a very good bargain, price-wise. Individual volumes, according to the official site of the series, range between $19.95 and $29.95, for paperback books! A couple of the volumes in the series (the Adventures and Apocrypha) are apparently "sold out." An Amazon search of the Adventures shows copies available between $49.99 and $475 (!); a search for the Apocrypha is even more shocking, as the only available copy is currently a used copy for $865! Needless to say, I shall be acquiring this series quite slowly, depending on where and when I can find volumes at a reasonable price.
The ten volumes of the series are as follows:
As mentioned above, the annotations (at least in Hound) are quite good: they are similar to the annotations in The New Annotated, but at a casual glance, are not the same text, by any means. There is a four page Introduction to the novel (written by Nicholas Meyer), as well as an almost five page Bibliography. I do think the entire series would be worth owning at some point, if I could find reasonably priced copies of each volume. Meanwhile, I would love to hear from anyone who might have the entire series, and see what you think about the reference value of the books, especially compared to The New Annotated.
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.