THE STONOR CASE
Sir Arthur CONAN DOYLE. Typescript of the first two acts (of three?) of 'The Stonor Case. An Adventure of Mr. Sherlock Holmes', two volumes, with his corrections and additions in pen and pencil, original brown wrappers inscribed in pencil on label 'Author's Copy', 4to.
Vol. I (Act I), title page, dramatis personae, with Conan Doyle's autograph corrections to the list of dramatis personae and his additions and corrections on 25 pages, together with some editorial annotations, final page (blank) torn, 28 pages.
Vol. II (Act II), title page, with Conan Doyle's corrections on 26 pages and 71 additional lines in his hand, some editorial annotations, lower part of page 22 cut away, 41 pages.
THE ORIGINAL UNFINISHED PRECURSOR OF THE SPECKLED BAND
The play opens in the gloomy hall of Stoke Place, the home of the Anglo-Indian surgeon, Rylott and his stepdaughter Enid Stonor, who is mourning the suspicious death of her sister. Dr Watson, a friend of the girl's mother, comes to her aid, telling Enid 'I have a singular friend -- a man with strange powers and a very masterful personality ... Holmes is his name -- Mr. Sherlock Holmes.'
Act II Scene II is set in 'Mr Sherlock Holmes' room in Baker Street'. Holmes is successfully disguised as a workman. 'My dear Watson', he begins, 'when you begin to recognise me it will indeed be the beginning of the end. When your eagle eye penetrates my disguise I shall retire to an eligible poultry farm'.
The tentative introduction of the 'speckled band' occurs in Volume I, p. 9 where 'Black rope' has been altered by Conan Doyle to 'Band - speckled', crossed through and replaced again by 'Black rope - speckled'.
Conan Doyle has annotated the list of Dramatis personae in Volume I with suggestions for the part of Sherlock Holmes (H.A. Saintsbury) and Watson (Claude King).
It appears likely that Conan Doyle abandoned the text after completing Acts I and II in favour of a radical revision (The Speckled Band). Based on the story 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band', in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892.