H.P. Lovecraft: Rarest of Rare Collectibles

We’re getting ready for Halloween, and that doesn’t just mean putting the final touches on our zombie and Princess Leia costumes, it also means getting out our favorite creepy stories to set the mood. In our stores all around the country, books by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe are popping up on displays. Some of those displays include collectible books, and there are none finer than the two classic collections of H. P. Lovecraft works we’re featuring here.

Our Greenfield, Wisconsin, store was fortunate enough to have received a visit from the nephew of a very early Lovecraft enthusiast, Paul Klingbiel. Two Arkham House Lovecraft books were among the many books Uncle Paul had years ago, over many weeks, shipped to his science-loving nephew Robert. Now those two Arkham House treasures are being offered to our customers.

The Outsider and Others, by H. P. Lovecraft
Arkham House, 1939. First Printing.
The book is in Very Good Plus condition. The dust jacket, which is price-clipped, is in VG condition; there are several closed tears and paper loss to top and bottom of spine. $3,600

outsidersThis book is a landmark in many ways. It features Lovecraft’s most famous short story, “The Outsider,” along with other pioneering Lovecraft tales first printed in Weird Tales magazine in the 20s. The stories were chosen by Lovecraft’s close friends and supporters August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, who, following Lovecraft’s early death in 1937, had tried to interest other publishers in Lovecraft’s work; finding no takers, they started their own publishing house. The Outsider and Others, out of print since 1944, was the very first book that appeared under the imprint of Arkham House, a small publisher that continued to issue publications through 2010.

Beyond the Wall of Sleep, by H. P. Lovecraft
Arkham House, 1943.
The book is in Very Good condition, with dust jacket flap tipped in to rear pastedown, in facsimile dust jacket. $600lovecraft-sleep-cover

This was the second collection of Lovecraft’s work published by Arkham House. The stories were selected by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei. The dust jacket featured a collage of photographs of sculptures by Clark Ashton Smith.

If you’re interested in either of these books, contact The Buy Guy.

Rarely-Known Trivia

Tale-spinner—A storytelling grandfather triggered Lovecraft’s interest in weird tales.
Dropout—A nervous breakdown necessitated Lovecraft’s permanent withdrawal from high school prior to graduation.
Rescuer—Growing interest in the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard in the late 60s kept Arkham House from going under.

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