Lot 123 of 558:
First Edition of H.P. Lovecraft's first book  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$4,375
Estimate:
$7,000 - $10,000

Title:
The Shunned House
Author:
Lovecraft, H.P.
Place:
Athol, Mass.
Publisher:
The Recluse Press
Date:
1928
Description:

59 pp. (8vo) 21.5x14 cm (8½x5½"), complete in 8 unbound gatherings, unopened. With the cancel copyright notice on the title page verso. First Edition.

Lovecraft's rare first book of fiction, published in an edition of 300 copies. Currey's priority 'C1', one of approximately 50 sets of unbound sheets distributed by Arkham House, circa 1952. A further 100 copies were bound by Arkham House and sold in 1961. The copyright cancel in State 'a' with titles in bold. Accompanied by a typed letter from publisher August Derleth, dated July 12, 1962, explaining the history of the printing and distribution of this title. Also, a postcard from Derleth dated 8 days later offering the unbound sheets (one of about 6 sets still remaining in Arkham House inventory) for $15.00 and the bound issue for $17.50. The original mailing envelope for the sheets is also present. All correspondence addressed to Daryl Litchfield. Currey C1a.; Joshi I.A.5.

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Condition:
Outer leaves browned, slight crease in first signature; about fine.
 
Item number:
300757
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