Saturday, March 25, 2006

Lovecraftiana: Donald Wandrei

A close friend of - sometimes in person - but mostly by correspondence with Lovecraft.

A spectacular opportunity for Lovecraft fans is being offered on ebay. A large part of a private collection is being sold from the collection of Steve Behrends, who edited several Clark Ashton Smith releases in the 1980s and 90s.

This first and rarest book appearance of Weird Tales author Donald Wandrei was a collection called BROKEN MIRRORS. It was privately published by the Avon Society in 1931. Wandrei co-founded Arkham House Publishers with his friend August Derleth.

Wandrei's contribution consists of 8 poems, and the otherwise uncollected prose pieces "The Victory Loses" & "The Terrible Suicide". Other contributors included Harrison Salisbury (who went on to become a well-known reporter for the New York Times). Decorated with woodcuts by Leon Henkora.

Publication of BROKEN MIRRORS was strictly limited. This is copy #36 of 82, and is signed by all contributors, including Wandrei. The copy (without a dust jacket as issued) was owned by Wandrei himself; the Wandrei estate bookplate has been tack-mounted to the inner front cover.

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