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Everett, Pennsylvania: Visionary Publishing Co., 1936. A highly important presentation copy with a signed inscription by Lovecraft to Samuel Loveman on the front free endpaper: "To Sam.l E. Loveman, Esq., / with ye sincere esteem & / unaffected Compliments of / H. P. Lovecraft -- / who, tho' responsible for ye bad / writing, can scarce be held / accountable for ye wretched Printing / & Binding. / Jany. 1937." Lovecraft's first published book, preceded by THE SHUNNED HOUSE (1928) that was printed, but not circulated beyond a tiny circle of Lovecraft's friends. Publisher William H. Crawford has stated that approximately 400 copies were printed, of which about 200 were bound, the remainder destroyed at a later date. Binding and typography were dreadful and a handful of the earliest copies had corrections in Lovecraft's hand. This copy has a dozen or so corrections by Lovecraft, including a line of missing text handwritten on page 72. According to Crawford, an errata leaf and a dust jacket were printed after publication and distribution of early copies. The jacket is present, but not the errata slip. Of two known bindings, this copy has title on front panel stamped in upper and lower case letters. The dust jacket is Currey's variant 2 (no priority established) with lettering in silver and yellow-green illustration. "A fine story of supernatural adventure and discovery, despite the unfortunate surprise ending which does much to spoil what went on before." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1039. Octavo, pp. [1-16: blank] [1-12] 13-158 [159-176: blank] [note: first and last leaves are used as front and rear paste-downs], four full-page illustrations by Frank A. Utpatel, original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver. First edition. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 272. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1624-26. In 333. See Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-132. See Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-160. Bleiler (1978), p. 127. Reginald 09259. Joshi I-A-11. Currey, p. 324. A fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with shelf wear and slight loss at corners, three small, shallow chips, two at upper spine end and one at lower spine end, several tears mended by a paper conservator, and dust soiling, mainly to rear panel. Short signed penciled note by Loveman above Lovecraft's inscription on the front free endpaper. A superior copy of this book with distinguished provenance. (#108199)
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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