Original holograph manuscript, 41 pages written on rectos only on ruled paper, revised and corrected, signed at the end "A Conan Doyle, 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood"; 7 x 9 inches, bound in contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled paper over boards, marbled endpapers, with a printed half-title; presentation inscription on a preliminary blank: "Presented to Herbert F. Gunnison with the warm regards of Irving Bacheller"; with the bookplate of Herbert Foster Gunnison on the front pastedown. [Together with:] "How the King held the Brigadier", original holograph manuscript, 26 pages, folio & 8vo, revised and corrected, and signed at the end "A Conan Doyle, Belvedere Hotel, Davos Platz"; [Bound with:] "How the Brigadier slew the Brothers of

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Titel: Original holograph manuscript, 41 pages ...

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The present collection represents five of the eight short stories that appeared in The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard and an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a significant portion of one of Conan Doyle’s most impressive creations. The manuscript of "The Medal of Brigadier Gerard" is in fine condition; the binding lightly rubbed; the other manuscripts, which have been assembled using revisions written on separate pieces of paper, usually of a smaller size, or cut down to a smaller size, and inserted or taped to the original drafts, are in very good condition, with a few tears and stains; the front hinge of the binding is cracked, and the top panel of the spine is detached (but retained). Provenance: By descent from Herbert F. Gunnison "The Medal of Brigadier Gerard", here first titled "The Mission of Brigadier Gerard", with the word "Mission" crossed out and the word "Medal" written above, was written in 1894 and is the first short story in Conan Doyle’s Brigadier Gerard saga. In their account of Conan Doyle’s serial publications, his bibliographers Green and Gibson give both the English title "‘How the Brigadier Won His Medal’", and the American title "‘The Medal of the Brigadier’", as the story was originally published in the separate English and American issues of the Strand magazine in 1894. Green and Gibson also note that the first American periodical publication was by a Newspaper Syndicate [abbreviation "N.S.", G & G, p. 404], referring to the Bacheller Syndicate. As noted above, the present manuscripts were given by Bacheller to his friend and fellow journalist Herbert Foster Gunnison. Irving Bacheller (1859-1950), author, journalist and editor, began his career as a journalist in Brooklyn in 1882, but a few years later founded the first modern American newspaper syndicate, the Bacheller Syndicate, to provide literature and other articles to Sunday newspapers. Among the authors whose work he represented were Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Crane, Joseph Conrad, and Rudyard Kipling. In the 1890s, Bacheller began to write fiction and gave up his career in journalism to pursue literature, becoming a best-selling author with such works as Eben Holden (1900), D’ri and I (1901), The Light in the Clearing (1917), and A Man for the Ages (1920). Herbert Foster Gunnison (1858-1932) was a Brooklyn newspaperman associated with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, where he worked from 1882, eventually becoming its President in 1924.In 1894, the indefatigable American impresario Major James Pond organized a lecture tour for Conan Doyle, who arrived in New York on October 2 and appeared in thirty cities before returning to England on December 8th. It was on this tour and in this way that Conan Doyle introduced Brigadier Gerard to the public, first in America, in advance of its periodical publication in the Strand later the same year. "Conan Doyle had read it ["‘How the Brigadier Won His Medal,’ the new character’s debut"] aloud to audiences in America, whose generous responses encouraged him to think he had a success on his hands. . . . he quickly turned out another seven adventures. These also appeared in the Strand throughout 1895, and were collected in book form as The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard. Though Conan Doyle often dismissed this collection as his "little book of soldier stories," Brigadier Gerard soon emerged as one of his most popular creations." – Daniel Stashower, Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle (N. Y.: Henry Holt, 1999), p. 191. "The Medal of Brigadier Gerard" was first published in book form in "The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard" under its original English title in 1896. The first American edition was published by D. Appleton and Company in the same year, and that edition cites Irving Bacheller as holding the American copyright to the stories. According to Green and Gibson, "The first story was written late in 1894, and the author read it during his lecture tour in America. It was published in the San Francisco Exam. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 23067

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