Sunday, November 04, 2007

Arkham Collector #10 (Last of Series)

Arkham House THE ARKHAM COLLECTOR Number Ten (LAST ISSUE) Summer 1971 Limited Edition (Approx. 2500 copies)
The Arkham Collector was a small periodical published by Arkham House starting in 1967. Each issue contained announcements of upcoming books, news clips, essays, poems, story segments, and much more. As such, they offer a fascinating historical insight to Arkham House and their work. Of note, is H.P. Lovecraft always plays a central role (as with the publisher). Some of the more interesting essays on Lovecraft, first appeared in the Collector. It was treated as advertising, and as such, issues were often thrown away, so even with a circulation of around 2500, copies are hard to come by. Remainder issues of The Collector were bound and sold in book form, again decreasing the number of individual issues.
This is issue number ten of The Arkham Collector, published in the Summer of 1971 at 50 cents a copy. This is the last issue, as Derleth died shortly after this. 44 pages. Contents Include:
Looking Ahead
III Samuel by William D. Barney
The Mass Media Horror by Jame Wade (HPL On film, tv, and the HPL Lovecraft rock and roll group)
The Crest of Satan by Sara Lindsay Rath (short story)
Where They Rule by Meade Frierson III
The Doom of Yakthoob from The Necronomicon by Lin Carter
In Intricate Magicks by Walter H. Kerr
To My Masters by Roger Johnson
Notes Concerning A Green Box by Alan Dean Foster
Night Sounds by Walter C. DeBill
Shadow Game by George Wetzel
Index for previous ten issues
The publications measures 5.25" x 7.75". Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin. Nice condition, no writing or tears, just shelf wear to edges, yellowing due to age, toning close to spine, and a corner crease (bump) on lower right hand corner. According to Leon Nielsen in his invaluable reference book Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide the value of this Collector is listed at $30.00.

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