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About the Collector

Glen Miranker has one of the preeminent collections of Sherlockian books and artwork in the United States. Its strength is first- and early editions, with special focus on The Hound of the Baskervilles and original illustrations. Highlights of the collection include short-story manuscripts; drawings by Sidney Paget; illustrations by the artist Frederic Dorr Steele, who was as important as Paget in depicting Holmes for American readers; pirated editions that were rife in the United States during the first two decades of the 20th century; correspondence and manuscripts of the founding and early members of the Baker Street Irregulars, and more.

As a boy, Glen loved the Sherlock Holmes stories but it was in college that he rediscovered what aficionados call the Canon and was first drawn to the conviviality of Sherlockian societies. The Irregular activities of the Bull Pups of Yale proved a welcome counter-balance to his computer-science studies, and a Sherlockian was born.

Glen’s next step on the path to gentle madness came in 1977 while he was pursuing his PhD at MIT, when his wife Cathy presented him with a gift: an American first edition of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. During his years in Cambridge, Glen became a member of The Friends of Irene Adler, where his investiture name is A Singular Introspector, as well as a member of The Speckled Band of Boston. Glen is also a member of The Baker Street Irregulars, invested as The Origin of Tree Worship, and is a founder of The Baker Street Irregulars Trust.

In 2009, Glen was active in events honoring the 150th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth, helping to organize a symposium at Harvard, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: a Sesquicentennial Assessment; delivering a talk on Conan Doyle in American Popular Culture, and co-curating the exhibition, Ever Westward: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in American Culture, at Harvard’s Houghton Library.

Glen has given many talks about his book collection, Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle to such groups as the Grolier Club, the Roxburghe Club, the University of Minnesota Library, and the Toronto Reference Library, among others.

Since moving to San Francisco in 1981, Glen pursued a successful high-tech career, retiring in 2004 from Apple where he had been Chief Technical Officer (for Hardware). At present, Glen is engaged in a variety of Sherlockian pursuits that include research, writing, giving talks and advising libraries. He is also passionate about the history of cryptography and the early days of radio—areas in which he is building other collections! And, of course, he continues to collect Sherlockiana.

View the exhibition in the Arion Press gallery, Oct. 13 through Nov. 17, 2010.