Sunday, April 08, 2007

1936 copy of The Shadow Over Innsmouth

The Seller States:

H. P. Lovecraft: Shadow Over Innsmouth. (Everett: Visionary Publishing Company, 1936), first edition, 158 pages, four illustrations by Frank A. Utpatel, original black cloth with silver titles, 12mo (5.25" x 7.25"), with rare dust jacket variant on white paper with silver lettering on the front panel and spine matching that from the cloth binding, with no illustration. The second variant dust jacket with illustration is also included. The copy at hand has the lettering on the cover in upper and lower case letters, one of two known bindings with no priority established. According to publisher William H. Crawford, of the approximately 400 copies printed, about 200 copies were bound with the rest destroyed at a later date. Also according to the publisher, the printed dust jacket and errata slip were prepared after publication both of which are present with this copy. A few small areas of cloth slightly soiled, else a fine, bright copy with two crisp, bright dust jackets. This copy comes housed in an attractive black leather slipcase with gilt lettering on the banded-leather spine. A key title to any collection of fantasy, horror, and supernatural fiction. From the Ventura Collection.

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