Sunday, November 04, 2007

Arkham House Collector #6

Arkham House THE ARKHAM COLLECTOR Number Six Winter 1970 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 six of The Arkham Collector, published in the Winter of 1970 at 50 cents a copy. Great photo cover of Derleth's house and the "new Arkham House warehouse" in Wisconsin. 24 pages. Contents Include:
A Near Catastrophe
Poe's Lake by Joseph Payne Brennan
To Clark Ashton Smith by Lin Carter
A Night For A Shearing Wind by William D. Barney
Nyarlathotep by H.P. Lovecraft (five pages, fragment not included in Lovecraft's collector works. It is a sketchy account of a dream Lovecraft had in 1921.
The Gate in the Mews by Meade Frierson III
Star Winds by Walter Shedlofsky
The Edomite Kings by Frank D. Thayer, Jr.
Billy's Oak by Brian Lumley
The Wendigo by Richard L. Tierney
The Hour of the Wolf by Viktor R. Kemper
Necrology: Grey La Spina and Margery Lawrence
Bibliographical Notes
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. 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. It is worth the price alone for Lovecraft's description of Nyarlathotep and Lumley's short story.

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