Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Lovecraft Autograph circa 1906

The seller staes: (Lovecraft's copy) Dixon, Thomas, Jr. THE LEOPARD'S SPOTS: A ROMANCE OF THE WHITE MAN'S BURDEN -- 1865-1900. New York: A. Wessels Company, 1906. Octavo, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white. Later edition. H. P. Lovecraft's copy with his youthful signature on the front free endpaper. An anti-Black novel Lovecraft most likely read about the same time he read Dixon's THE CLANSMAN (1905). See Joshi, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, p. 71. Joshi, Lovecraft's Library: A Catalogue, Revised & Enlarged (2002) 253. Cloth worn at edges, lettering on spine perished, closed tears in two leaves of text (pages 91-94), hairline crack along inner rear hinge, a good copy. (#109172)
Price: $550.00

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