Tuesday, October 13, 2009


The cover is posted as just plain paper, so no point in posting an image. The description by the seller (starting bid $129) is below.

SSR Publications, North Tonawanda, N. Y., 1955. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Limited. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. A fragile and rare book about a legend in the science fiction and fantasy genres, Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Memories, Critiques, & Bibliographies, published by SSR Publications, North Tonawanda, NY, 1955, edited by George Wetzel, 83 pages. Stapled manila wraps, mimeographed from typewritten copy, 8.1/2" x11" with title on right side of front cover running from bottom to top. This is one of 200 copies: "The majority of the material in this book is being simultaneously published as Volumes VI & VII of the Lovecraft Collector’s Library. The version of the Introduction in the Lovecraft Collector’s Library printing is extremely shortened and edited. It appears here in its original form. This volume has been published in an edition of 200 copies, in August 1955." Critiques include articles written by George Wetzel, Matthew Onderdonk, and Lin Carter. Memoirs include articles by E.A Edkins, James F. Morton, and Edward H. Cole. This version adds "HPL: The History" by Lin Carter and "The Research of a Biblio," an expanded version of the introduction by editor George Wetzel. Wetzel's bibliography (collected here) is "a landmark bibliography. The foundation for all subsequent work in the field." - Joshi III-B-35. Joshi III-C-26. Burgess, Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 372. A fine copy. Quite scarce. This is an excellent copy, clean and tight with only a few minor defects: corners creased a little, green endpapers yellowed around edges, and three darker stripes down the left side of the cover. This last is defect found in all copies as other descriptions I have read of copies for sale note this stripe.

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