Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Copy and Brief History of "Charleston".

Lovecraft, H[oward] P[hillips]. CHARLESTON... [caption title]. N.p., n.d. [but: 1936]. Large octavo, [1] 2-20 [21-22] leaves, mimeographed on rectos only, reproduced from typewritten copy, stapled. First edition, second printing (first published version). Two printings were prepared in early 1936 by H. C. Koenig; the first in the form of a letter (probably fewer than 25 copies printed), the second, with minor textual changes, as an essay. Koenig later estimated that 30-50 copies of this published version were prepared. See Joshi, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, p. 604. This appears to have been Lovecraft's copy and it contains several dozen corrections which are probably in his hand. It was acquired by August Derleth, probably from Robert Barlow. At the head of the first leaf Derleth has written "Prepared by / H. C. Koenig" in green ink. The text for its republication in MARGINALIA (Arkham House 1944) was prepared from this copy. Currey, p. 326. Joshi I-A-9 (see for printing history). Lacks the three Photostat reproductions of maps and sketches by Lovecraft and the brown paper folder, as well as the two leaves of errata (Photostat reproductions of handwritten corrections prepared by Lovecraft) which were laid into a few copies. Several wrinkles, edge tears and small chips to last two leaves which are also detached, closed tear in leaf 20, several old staple holes, generally a very good copy. Provenance: The Derleth Papers. (#114486) Price: $1,750.00

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