Interior of 221b Baker Street – Can you find the links in the Sherlock Holmes canon?

30 May

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The interior of Sherlock Holme’s residence in Baker Street was featured in The Strand magazine. There are dozens of references and links in the canon of novels and short stories. Tony Reynolds, author of ‘The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes’ comments;

“You’ll see that Watson has his own bookcase. Now, in the Hound of the Baskervilles, Watson writes: “from my small medical shelf I took down the Medical Directory” from which I deduced that the good doctor had only a single shelf of books and had Watson use it in one of my stories. Any ideas?”

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4 responses to “Interior of 221b Baker Street – Can you find the links in the Sherlock Holmes canon?

  1. Dawn Koogle

    May 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Oops! You might want to check the spelling on “dozens.”


  2. Dawn Koogle

    May 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    No problem =) Ok, I just pulled my copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles and read and reread the part about the “small medical shelf.” Perhaps only one of the shelves in the bookcase was devoted to medical texts, and the other shelves to different genres? Or perhaps the bookshelf was a later-installed upgrade of the shelf? That’s all I can come up with on one cup of coffee.


  3. Jennifer Oberth

    June 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I can see Sherlock Holmes taking over Watson’s bookcase. I can see that in a heartbeat. I just read the 60 stories (Canon) and wondered how Baker Street could possibly hold all of Holmes’ notes and scrapbooks and indexes!

    I fear poor Watson had to give up a LOT of space to his friend.



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