Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Printed Lovecraft Commonplace Book (1938)

Lovecraft, H[oward] P[hillips]. THE NOTES & COMMONPLACE BOOK EMPLOYED BY THE LATE H. P. LOVECRAFT INCLUDING HIS SUGGESTIONS FOR STORY-WRITING, ANALYSES OF THE WEIRD STORY, AND A LIST OF CERTAIN BASIC UNDERLYING HORRORS, &C., &C., DESIGNED TO STIMULATE THE IMAGINATION. Lakeport, California: The Futile Press, 1938. Small octavo, pp. [1-6] 1-14 [14a] [15] 16-45 [46] [47: blank] [48: errata] [49: blank], original boards with wood-grain pattern. First edition. Limited to 75 numbered copies (this being copy number 31). Perhaps half the edition was bound in boards, the remainder comprise gathered and padded sheets lacking the board casing. Joshi I-A-14-a (this binding not seen). Currey, p. 329. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. Rare in this condition due to the method of binding (unsewn signatures were adhered to the board binding with binder's glue). Most extant bound copies of this book have defective spine panels; this copy is virtually as new and is the best copy we have seen. The Futile Press Catalogue Number Three announcing the publication of THE NOTES & COMMONPLACE BOOK (with specimen page) is laid in. (#110362) Price: $5,500.00

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