Friday, December 29, 2006

Lovecraft's Signature in his Copy of Arthur Machen Book

This is an interesting variation on HPL's traditional signature. You can compare it to other signature's in our HPLblog (use search feature for more information) that I conveniently include here.
The collaborating text reads:
This is H.P. Lovecraft's copy of Arthur Machen's Far Off Things (New York: Knopf, 1923), from Lovecraft's library. HPL's bookplate is on the inside front endpaper, and he has signed it on the inside right front-endpaper. There is another inscription of the Providence, Rhode Island book collector Carlton Calderara on the title page. The book is VG; it lacks a dj, the paper label on the spine is worn, there are scattered dustmarks (perhaps HPL's fingerprints) on the cloth covers; front hinge slightly cracked. An extraordinary association copy; copies of Lovecraft's signed books are becoming increasingly scarce, and ones connected with his love of weird fiction are almost impossible to find. Lovecraft discusses purchasing this copy in his Selected Letters (Arkham House).

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