Holmes Obsession: Solving The Mystery Of The Sherlock Craze
"Using the same combination of deduction and imagination characteristic of their hero, members of the Baker Street Irregulars 'play the game,' as they call it: When they rigorously deduce fanciful meanings in Holmes’s adventures, they employ the rational techniques of modernity to further a sense of enchantment." They have been doing this in some capacity since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began writing by creating "maps, documents, footnotes, charts, glossaries, historical timelines, photographs, illustrations and allusions to events outside the story proper."
"Over the years I had admired and envied the book collections of my various professors: leather-bound rows of classics, beautiful editions of modern firsts, expensive scholarly tomes, the complete works of great writers. Little did I know then that book collecting is less about acquiring books than about finding the shelf space to store them."