MX Publishing author John Lawrence visited the wonderful Grolier Club's Sherlock Holmes exhibit this weekend and shared some great photos.
His book 'The Undiscovered Archives of Sherlock Holmes' is one of our bestselling new books of 2022.
There are some of the extraordinary items on display:
Glen Miranker’s collection has been 45 years in the making. He had read the Sherlock Holmes stories as a kid and returned to them as a Yale undergraduate (BS, 1975), to relieve the stress of a double major in physics and the newly minted discipline of computer science. While a graduate student at MIT (where he earned a master’s and PhD in 1977 and 1979, respectively), he began collecting and also forging contacts and friendships in the bibliosphere. He joined several Sherlockian societies, including the Friends of Irene Adler and the Speckled Band of Boston, and was invested in the Baker Street Irregulars (“The Origin of Tree Worship”) in 1991.
After moving to California in 1981 and founding several start-up companies, Glen was invited by Steve Jobs to join Next Computer in 1990 and Apple Computer in 1996. For most of his tenure at Apple, he ran hardware development and served as Apple’s Chief Technology Officer (Hardware), retiring in 2004.
Glen has loaned books, artwork, and holograph materials from his collection to many exhibitions, including the 2019 exhibition The History of the BSI Through 221 Objects at Indiana University’s Lilly Library; the 2014 exhibition Sherlock Holmes, the Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die at the Museum of London; and the 2009 exhibition Ever Westward: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in American Culture at Harvard’s Houghton Library. He has also mounted two solo shows: the 2010 exhibition Sidney Paget’s Sherlock Holmes: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition at the Arion Press Gallery, and You Know My Methods: A Collector’s Approach to the Sherlockian Canon, a 2012 exhibition at the Book Club of California.
Glen serves as a board member at the Rare Book School (where he is also a perennial student and a fundraiser); the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (where he helped with the restoration of William Gillette’s long-lost 1916 Sherlock Holmes movie), and the National Cryptological Museum. He is a founder and past board member of the Baker Street Irregulars Trust and a past board member of the American Foundation for Toronto Public Library and the Russell/Engleman Rheumatology Research Center at the University of California San Francisco.