Sir Arthur CONAN DOYLE. Two autograph account books giving details of Conan Doyle's literary earnings, and one domestic account book:
1. Literary accounts, 1878-93, listing the titles of books or stories (generally with title of periodical) and payment received, with further entries under the title 'Accounts of Books' listing the title, date and place of publication, revenue and numbers sold, also sections entitled 'Stock Exchange business', 1892-98 and 'Transactions with the Mam', 70 pages, 8vo, original calf, mottled endpapers, binding detached.
Conan Doyle's first two entries are 'Mystery of Sassassa [sic] Valley' in 1878 for which he received three guineas (Chambers's Journal), and 'American's Tale' in the following year, £1.10.0 (London Society).
For Micah Clarke, for example, he lists the number sold in each edition and the revenue between publication in January 1889 and June 1893, including the American, Colonial and Australian rights, Tauchnitz edition and translations; other entries give further information (e.g. The Sign of the Four, 'Taken over on 10 p/c royalty by Mr Newnes in 1892 & passed through Tit Bits').
Conan Doyle included details of his investments in stocks and shares and money he managed on behalf of his mother. The accounts indicate that Conan Doyle received as a gift from Sir George Newnes (owner of Tit-Bits and, from 1891, Strand Magazine) 500 preference shares in Newnes Ltd.
2. Literary and other Accounts including rents, 1910-14, listing revenues from A.P. Watt & Son, literary agents, for the period April 1910 - May 1914, also Smith, Elder & Co, Longmans Green, Doubleday, Chatto and Windus, Samuel French, J.W. Arrowsmith, Arthur F. Hardy and Frohman, 127 pages plus blanks, 8vo, half morocco.
3. Volume containing household accounts, 1893-1929, various hands including Major Wood's, giving personal details of the Conan Doyle staff, wages and some entries for provisions, 159 pages, 3 leaves removed, quarter morocco, folio (317 x 95mm).
The household accounts relate particularly to Windlesham and give an idea of the scale of Conan Doyle's domestic arrangements during his most prosperous years. (4)