THE SPECKLED BAND
Sir Arthur CONAN DOYLE. Typescript of The Speckled Band, a play in three acts, with autograph alterations and additions, 1910, in three volumes, original paper wrappers, 4to:
Act I: minor alterations in Conan Doyle's hand and some printer's marks, 30 pages
Act II, scenes 1 and 2: with autograph alterations and additions (14 lines) marked up for presses, 30 pages
Act III, scenes 1 and 2: with autograph corrections to two lines and autograph revision of the final scene where the snake has turned on its master Rylott and the latter begs forgiveness of his niece before he dies (28 lines), marked up for press, 28 pages, first and last pages creased.
Typescript of Dramatis personae with names of actors and actresses in unknown hand for first performance on 4 June 1910 at the Adelphi Theatre, London with revised version of part of Act I in Conan Doyle's hand, 2 pages, 4to (52 lines) and revised typescript, 3 pages, 4to
Printed programmes of The Speckled Band, Strand Theatre, London  and St James's Theatre, London, 1921.
The Speckled Band was one of Conan Doyle's most successful dramatic productions. 'I shut myself up and devoted my whole mind to making a sensational Sherlock Holmes drama', he wrote in his autobiography. 'I wrote it in a week and called it The Speckled Band' (Memories and Adventures, p. 101).
The Speckled Band, a re-working of his earlier play The Stonor Case (Lot 47), had all the ingredients required to excite an audience: a wicked uncle, an Indian snake charmer, mysterious music, a murder, and the descent of Sherlock Holmes on the gloomy mansion disguised as a newly engaged butler, with Billy in attendance dressed as a young girl.
As with its precursor, The Stonor Case, Act II, Scene 2 of The Speckled Band takes place in 'Mr Sherlock Holmes' room in Baker Street'. (2)