THE SHUNNED HOUSE. Athol, Mass. Published by Paul Cook The Recluse Press, 1928. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-58  [60: blank], cloth. First edition. 300 copies printed of which this is one of 100 bound in black cloth and distributed by Arkham House in 1961. 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. Derleth distributed about 50 sets of sheets prior to 1961 when 100 were bound in the black cloth uniform with other Arkham House bindings. The cancel copyright notice is Currey state A (bold face; no priority established). Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1037. Joshi I-A-5. Gold lettering partially perished from spine panel (as is often the case), else a fine copy without dust jacket as issued. A lovely copy of a major Lovecraft rarity. (#161227).
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