The Toronto Reference Library will gain an air of mystery when it unveils a special exhibit delving into 125 years of Sherlock Holmes.
The exhibit will feature a wide variety of selections from Toronto Public Library’s special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, artwork and artifacts from the library’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collection.
The collection – one of the world’s largest – includes first editions of Sherlock Holmes books, including a first edition copy of the legendary fictional detective’s introduction to the reading public, as well as images of Holmes and other famous and infamous characters from the Holmes novels, a set of stained glass windows depicting 221B Baker Street, parodies and pastiches dating back to the 19th century and more.
In addition to the exhibit, which opened Saturday, Jan. 5 in the Toronto Reference Library’s revamped TD Gallery, the celebration of 125 years of Sherlock Holmes will include a screening of Murder by Decree at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, a lecture on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and influence by expert Doug Wrigglesworth at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, a screening of documentary The Real Sherlock Holmes at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and curator’s gallery tours at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays Jan. 8, Feb. 19 and March 5.
The exhibit will run through Sunday, March 10 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.