Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Sexton Blake Dossier

   Found an interesting item on Ebay the other day and it arrived yesterday. The Sexton Blake Dossier is a small booklet with tiny little printing that was given to writers working on the Sexton Blake Library series in the 1950s. The series 'bible', basically. It contains brief bios and stats for all the main characters, Blake, his assistant Tinker, his secretary Paula Dane, friends like Splash Kirby, Inspector Coutts, and so forth. It also has descriptions of Blake's rooms in Baker Street, his offices in Berkeley Square, his car, handguns, etc etc. For a collector who is also a writer, this is pretty darn spiffy.

4 comments:

Paul R. McNamee said...

That's an amazing find, Charles!

Charles R. Rutledge said...

Paul, yeah I was pleased and surprised to come across it. Weird little bit of history there.

Chap O'Keefe said...

Not too surprisingly I have an early copy of this myself: red print on a yellow-tinted paper. In the 1960s, the info was used to produce one-page art features for the inside front cover pages of the Sexton Blake Library (e.g. "S.B.L. Portrait Gallery Series" and "Plan of offices, Sexton Blake investigations, Berkeley Square, London, W.1.").

Charles R. Rutledge said...

I figured you'd have one, Keith! saved me writing to ask.