THE. Spring 1943 - July 1947 . GHOST, W. Paul Cook, numbers.

[North Montpelier, Vermont: W. Paul Cook], Spring 1943 - July 1947 (numbers 1-5). Large octavo, five issues, printed wrappers. A complete file. W. Paul Cook, an important member of the Lovecraft inner circle, and an ardent member of the amateur press movement, issued five numbers of this periodical between Spring 1943 and July 1947 (making it a defacto annual). The fifth number was not distributed, and none of the numbers were offered for sale. The magazine was devoted to weird literature and featured fiction, poetry, essays and, in one number, a short play. Highlights include "Lovecraft and Benefit Street" by Dorothy C. Walter, a long article by E. Hoffman Price on Farnsworth Wright and WEIRD TALES, "The Sphinx", a play by Samuel Loveman, an important long essay and bibliography "The Weird Tale in English Since 1890" by August Derleth (his B.A. thesis at the University of Wisconsin in 1930), a memoir of Robert E. Howard by E. Hoffman Price incorporating REH letters, and a group of reminiscences of the noted amateur press critic James Morton. "Cook's final major publishing effort was THE GHOST. Five issues appeared from 1943 to 1947, each containing fifty pages that emphasized Lovecraft and collectors. It contained almost every type of verse, fiction, biography, and literary reminiscing, turning it into one of the rarest, most sought-after bits of Lovecraftiana." - Warner, All Our Yesterdays, p. 16. Quite a valuable source of information. Pavlat and Evans, Fanzine Index (1965), p. 49 (not listing the fifth issue). Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 804. Joshi III-D-123, 185 and 626. A bit of light wear to overlapping spine ends, several nicks and short tears to spine of first issue (nothing missing), A few mild tears in spine panel repaired of third issue, first issue nearly fine, remainder in fine condition. The final issue of THE GHOST is rare and the remainder are quite scarce. Physically, one of the best sets we have seen. (#158851).

Price: $1,750.00

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