Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Materialist Located - on ebay - only copy ever discovered






H. P. LOVECRAFT, THE MATERIALIST TODAY, PUBLISHED BY WALTER J. COATES - MAY 1926

As stated in S. T. Joshi's "H. P. LOVECRAFT: An Annotated Bibliography - Kent State University Press, 1981 - "No copy of this pamphlet has ever been located. Previous bibliographers have obtained data for it only from "A CHECKLIST OF PUBLICATIONS OF DRIFTWIND PRESS" by Walter J. Coates, appearing in Driftwind, November, 1931.

On page 17 is this entry:"THE MATERIALIST TODAY" Howard P. Lovecraft. n.d., n.p. [May, 1926]. Not for sale. Only 15 copies printed."

This copy was found glued into the back of a handmade book after the sale of a large H. P. Lovecraft collection, in a bookstore in Southern California in 1983.

The brown streaks were from two newspaper clippings that had been laid on top of the piece fifty years prior. The pamphlet is printed from set type probably linotype, not offset and is in excellent condition with the original tie-string still in place.The only known verified copy of this legendary Lovecraft paper.

The fountain-penned notation upon the cover errantly stating that it is a "reprint" from Drift-Wind, is in an unknown hand but very similar to W. Paul Cook's hand writing; Cook noted in 1944 that he once owned a copy.

The ultimate Lovecraft rarity!Offered by Terence McVicker, Rare Books $Starts at $22,000 !

1 comment:

John said...

what an amazing find - ONLY copy!!

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