Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Arkham Sampler Spring 1948

ARKHAM SAMPLER Spring, 1948 - 2nd issue Begun by August Derleth to fill the sometimes lengthy gaps between book publications of his publishing firm Arkham House, "The Arkham Sampler" was a noble effort encompassing both Fantasy & Science Fiction. "TAS" lasted only eight issues either because it was not as successful as Derleth had hoped or had he simply become too busy with his own writings. Regardless, as exemplified by this issue, "TAS" brought some of Arkham House's finest writers together. This issue devoted to H. P. Lovecraft contains "A Memoir of Lovecraft" by Rheinhart Kleiner, part 2 of HPL's Dunsanian fantasy - "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", fragments of ten letters written by HPL to Clark Ashton Smith, Richard Ely Morse and others. Additionally is poetry by Clark Ashton Smith, an article on fantasy by Fritz Leiber, and a tale by August Derleth under his pseudonym of Stephen Grendon. Small chip on front cover as pictured in the scan, the spine has a 1/2" chip and shows wear, with a tiny chip on the rear cover. Very good - or good + +.

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