19 May 2004
THE MARACOT DEEP AND THE LOST WORLD
Sir Arthur CONAN DOYLE. Autograph note for his novel The Maracot Deep and Other Stories, comprising notes in pencil on recto and verso of envelope, 230 x 153mm; also: notes on marine life and other subjects, 10 pages, 4to and 8vo; introductory passage, 1 page, 4to; notes in another hand, 2 pages, 8vo;
also: drawing of Professor Challenger inscribed by Jean Conan Doyle 'Arthur drew this (1913) as an idea of his conception of Challenger', in pencil, approximately 167 x 202 mm;
letter to Conan Doyle from a reader, pointing out a mistake in the text, 1927.
The Maracot Deep was based on Conan Doyle's close study of marine life and exploration, and illustrates his interest in the Atlantis legend. The manuscript was completed in May 1927 and published in 1929 by John Murray in London and Doubleday, Doran in New York.
Many of Challenger's characteristics - including the 'Assyrian' beard were modelled on Conan Doyle's tutor at Edinburgh University, the physiologist Professor William Rutherford.
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