THE SHUNNED HOUSE. Athol, Mass. Published by Paul Cook The Recluse Press, 1928. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-58  [60: blank], unbound sheets. First edition. Lovecraft's first book of fiction. 300 copies were printed but the book was not published. A few copies were circulated among members of the tiny Lovecraft circle prior to August Derleth's acquisition of approximately 150 useable sets of sheets from Robert Barlow, Lovecraft's literary executor. The original 1928 Cook copyright statement is not canceled with an Arkham House copyright label(one of a tiny handful thus). This is one of about fifty sets of unbound sheets Derleth distributed prior to 1961 before binding 100 copies in the black cloth uniform with other Arkham House bindings. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1037. Joshi I-A-5. Unlike most of sets of unbound sheets, this is fine copy with no glue stains or other defects (Derleth kept most of the clean sheets for the 100-copy clothbound issue).(#101908).
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