Sunday, November 04, 2007

Arkham Collector #5

Arkham House THE ARKHAM COLLECTOR Number Five Summer 1969 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 five of The Arkham Collector, published in the Summer of 1969 at 50 cents a copy. 32 pages.
Contents Include:
An Arkham Warehouse
Dr. Keller's Last Collection
A Final Collection of Clark Ashton Smith's Tales
A Twist of Frame Poem by William D. Barney
Under the Eaves by Lin Carter
Nightmare Three Poem by Joseph Payne Brennan
Shadow of the Wall Poem by Duane Rimel
Of William Hope Hodgson
Lost Poem by William Hope Hodgson
Shoon of the Dead Poem by William Hope Hodgson
The Crack in the Wall by Walter Jarvis
Ghosts Poem by L. Sprague de Camp
A Fragment from the Atlantean Poem by Donald S. Fryer
The Onlooker Poem by Wade Wellman
A Darker Shadow Over Innsmouth by James Wade
Carcosa Poem by Richard L. Tierney
Bibliographical Notes (H.P. Lovecraft II, the rock group, and other interesting tidbits,
What It Is Poem by Roger Mitchell
The publications measures 5.25" x 7.75". Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin. Nice condition, no writing or tears, just yellowing due to age, toning close to spine, and a wee bit of shelf wear to edges. According to Leon Nielsen in his invaluable reference book Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide (2004) the value of this Collector is listed at $30.00. However, I strongly disagree (one of the few times Mr. Nielsen and I, do not see eye to eye). Over the last two years we have sold between 30 and 40 Arkham Collectors, except for one, on Ebay --- every single issue has been represented at least twice. The issue we have not sold (because we have not had...) is number five. For some reason, this issue does not show up often and is quite rare (did a quick scan of the various Internet Book Sites, as well as the plethora of Fantastic Fiction catalogs I receive, and have seen nary a one in the last few years). Rare thus, and thus our buy it now price. Good luck.

1 comment:

erikspen said...

Strangely, this is the only one that you can easily find a scan of.


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