The many interpretations of Sherlock Holmes floating around in the multimedia ether make it too easy to forget his literary roots. (The current BBC series Sherlock is outstanding; the overblown, inauthentic Guy Ritchie movies starring Robert Downey Jr. are not.) For those who would like to sweep away the mythologizing and mediafication, get thee to the exhibition "You Know My Methods: A Collector's Approach to the Sherlockian Canon."
Thirty-five years in the making, Glen S. Miranker's collection of Holmesiana began as a way to balance his graduate studies in computer science. Miranker went on to become a long-serving vice president at Apple Inc. Now, the Book Club of California -- which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year -- draws from Miranker's collection to display original manuscript pages and Sidney Paget illustrations from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's best-known Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The exhibition opens this evening (Monday) with Miranker discussing the evolution of his collection and the items on display.
Also included in the exhibition are pieces of related ephemera, such as playbills and posters from the many stage and film adaptations of Baskervilles.
The opening reception and talk for "You Know My Methods: A Collector's Approach to the Sherlockian Canon" starts at 5 p.m. today (Monday) at the Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St. (at Grant), S.F. Admission is free.