HP Lovecraft First Edition Books Are Highly Collectible and Expensive!
Last month, we have a HP Lovecraft rare book at auction that rarely comes to market. It is as rare as a HP Lovecraft first edition. Please see:
H.P. Lovecraft Printing of ”The Shunned House” From 1928 — One of Only 100 Printed Copies Subsequently Printed by Arkham House, With ”Canterbury” Watermark — Scarce
Extraordinarily rare copy of ”The Shunned House” by H.P. Lovecraft, which was to be his first published novel in 1928, but wouldn’t be published until 1961. In 1928, the sheets were printed by W. Paul Cook for The Recluse Press, but were not actually printed, as Lovecraft was just a fledgling pulp magazine contributor at the time. Thirty-three years later in 1961, Arkham House published the sheets under its imprint in black boards with gilt titling on spine, of which this is a copy, with the required ”Canterbury Laid” watermark present. Title page shows Athol, MA: The Recluse Press, 1928, as called for. This copy is the second Arkham House printing with copyright cancel label on verso of title page, listing titles of magazines and books in italics and reading ”Though the sheets of this story were printed and marked for copyright in 1928, the story was neither bound nor circulated at that time…” Measures 5.25” x 7.5”. In near fine condition with modest bumping to corners, rubbing to spine and faint one-inch stain at head of front hinge, just barely affecting a few of the leaves following. Overall in exceptionally well-preserved condition. This volume constitutes the rarest in the Arkham House canon and the most collectible.
Bidding starts at $7,000 at: H.P. Lovecraft Printing of ”The Shunned House” From 1928
We have sold some HP Lovecraft first edition books before. Here are some descriptions & prices realized:
HP Lovecraft First Edition of “The Outsider and Others”
Rare HP Lovecraft first edition of “The Outsider and Others” as well as the first book published by Arkham House in 1939 (in Sauk City, WI). Limited to 1,200 copies, this first edition of “Outsider” remains a cornerstone of horror fantasy; of Lovecraft, Stephen King has written, he’s “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” Book is in near fine condition with bright gold titling to the midnight black boards and an immaculate interior. Housed in the first edition dustjacket, which shows the original $5.00 price. Dustjacket is in very good condition with chipping along the spine and three archivally repaired tears. Overall, a very attractive copy of the book which spins eerily fantastical tales. Desirable HP Lovecraft first edition. Sold for $2,819.48.
H.P. Lovecraft Letter Signed on the Death of a Young Writer — “…I expected to see him develop like…August W. Derleth, Donald Wandrei…well-established figures in the world of weird writing…”
Legendary horror and fantasy author, H.P. Lovecraft typed letter signed to the mother of poet Robert Nelson, who contributed to “Weird Tales” before his suicide at age 17. Dated 19 September 1935, Lovecraft writes a rare and moving letter after Nelson’s death, “…His promise in the field of literature seemed to me very considerable; for despite the marks of youthful construction—indefiniteness or overcolouring now and then—his work had a distinct imaginative richness and atmospheric power which was rapidly improving through criticism and self-discipline…I remember the pains I took to make clear the gulf between cheap magazine stories (the WEIRD TALES sort in general) and genuine weird literature like the books of Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and M.R. James…[signed] H. P. Lovecraft”. 8.5″ x 11″ single page letter is folded, else near fine. Sold for $1,229.78.
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