Sunday, November 04, 2007

Arkham House Collector #8

Arkham House THE ARKHAM COLLECTOR Number Eight Winter 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. Some lite foxing on this copy and yellowing at edges. Small ink stain at lower left hand corner (looks as it appeared in the printing process--ink rub).
This is issue number eight of The Arkham Collector, published in the Winter of 1971 at 50 cents a copy. 36 pages. Contents Include:
Denis Tiani (the cover artist, and a new talent for Arkham House
Rising Costs
Coming Books
To His Mistress, Dead and Darkly Returned by Roger Johnson
To Cocomacaque by Carl Jacobi (short story)
To Howard Phillips Lovecraft by Clark Ashton Smith
Black Thirst by Lin Carter
Enough by Brian Lumley
Yohk the Necromancer by Gary Myers (short story)
K'N-Yan by Walter C. DeBill, Jr.
Summer Night by Joseph Payne Brennan
Lovecraft on Love
The Jersey Devil by Barbara A. Holland
Strange Flowers Bloom by Duane Rimel
The Shade in the Old Apple Tree by Walter H. Kerr
A Presentation to George by Miki Myrick (short story)
Great Derleth letterhead design by Mr. Taylor (Monsters)
Associational (The Dunwich Horror film, Roy A Squires, Sherlock Holmes Journal, Beagle Books Lovecraft Books, and more)
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.

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