Tuesday, August 21, 2007

United Cooperative (DEc 1918 - Apr 1921)

UNITED CO-OPERATIVE, THE. December 1918 - April 1921 (volume 1, numbers 1-3). Edited by Winifred Virginia Jordan, W. Paul Cook, H. P. Lovecraft, and Others. Providence, Rhode Island: H. P. Lovecraft, December 1918 - April 1921 (volume 1, numbers 1-3). Octavo, three issues, self wrappers, stapled. All published. "Another idea Lovecraft put forward to encourage amateur activity was the issuing of cooperative papers -- papers in which a number of individuals would pool their resources, both financial and literary. He attempted to teach by example by participating in such a journal, THE UNITED CO-OPERATIVE, which published three issues: December 1918, June 1919, and April 1921. Lovecraft had contributions in each issue: 'The Simple Spelling Mania' and the poem 'Ambition' [published under his pseudonym "Ward Phillips"] in December 1918; 'The Case for Classicism,' the poem 'John Oldham: A Defence,' and the prose-poem 'Memory' [published under his pen name "Lewis Theobald, Jun."] in June 1919; the collaborative story 'The Crawling Chaos' [with Winifred Virginia Jackson, as by "Elizabeth Berkeley and Lewis Theobald, Jun."] and 'Lucubrations Lovecraftian' in April 1921." - Joshi, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, pp. 180. Joshi I-D-ii-9; I-B-ii-227, I-B-iii-2, I-B-ii-227, I-B-iii-94, I-B-a-34, I-B-iv-a-25, and I-B-ii-173. The first issue is fine, the second issue, with binding staple roughly removed resulting in small ragged tear to spine, is near fine, and the third issue, with light tanning at edges, and Lovecraft's authorship of "The Crawling Chaos" indicated in ink on front cover, is very good. Rare. (#108497) Price: $1,500.00

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