Thursday, March 15, 2007

HPL to Clark Ashton Smith on 29 August 1934

This item seen for auction on ebay on 15 March 2007) Described thusly: ... a souvenir folder (postcard) of Nantucket. This item is signed and inscribed by the author H. P. Lovecraft: "Yes for the Eban Tide / Ech-Pi-El." This souvenir folder is addressed in Lovecraft's hand to Clark Ashton Smith. Clark Ashton Smith was a writer and friend of Lovecraft who is also known for his sculptures of the entities appearing in Lovecraft's stories. This item was purchased in 1988 from Harry R. Levin "A Premier Purveyor of Science Fiction and Fantasy Rarities." The price back then was $250. (The sales invoice is included with this auction.)

There is a typo as it is Barry Levin who sold the item. Levin is listed on many sites and on one (29 Dec 2006) it is stated in caveat emptor - "In the last few years, I have seen a rise in the number of forged autographs of science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors, including Howard Phillips Lovecraft ..."

Chrispy has not yet found a reference for the "Yes for Eban Tide" allusion.

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