Sunday, November 04, 2007

Arkham Collector #9

Arkham House THE ARKHAM COLLECTOR Number Nine Spring 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 nine of The Arkham Collector, published in the Spring of 1971 at 50 cents a copy. 44 pages. Contents Include:
Two New Spring Books
Eight Tales by Walter de la Mare
Songs and Sonnets Atlantean by Donald Sidney Fryer
To Great Cthulhu by Richard L. Tierney
Passing of a Dreamer by Gary Myers (Short story)
May-Eve by Steve Eng
The Aphids by William D. Barney
The Waiting Room by Robert Aickman (Short story)
Ghost Stories, Fairy Tales, and Riddles by Joyce Odam
Dream for a Windy Night by Caryl Porter (Short story)
When The Moon Is Pale by Wade Wellman
The Relic by Roger Johnson
After You, Montagu by Howard Wandrei (Short story)
In Pressure-Pounded Chasms by Brian Lumley
Necrology: Virgil Finlay
Bibliographical Notes
Panels for a Nativity by James Wade
Atlantic City: 5:30P.M. by W.P. Ganley
The publications measures 5.25" x 7.75". Arkham House, Sauk City, Wisconsin. Nice condition, no tears, just yellowing due to age and a wee bit of shelf wear. Two pages have some lite pencil underlining. 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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