LOVE LETTERS TO CAITLIN. N.p. [New York]: The Candlelight Press, 1971. Octavo, title page printed in orange, blue-gray and black, two part green and brown cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Depending on the source of information, this book was never released and no more than twenty copies survive. Apparently, an edition of 750 copies was to be printed by Carroll Coleman’s Prairie Press, but Coleman was stricken with a heart attack after delivering less than 100 copies to Derleth in 1971 as part of his advance on royalties. According to Richard H. Fawcett, a Derleth Society board member, LOVE LETTERS TO CAITLIN "came out two weeks before Derleth died. He had given out only 12 copies. All others were boxed and disappeared, under the supervision of his attorney." According to Peter Ruber, the book's publisher, "the Caitlin book was never released. At the time of his death, all the pages had been printed, and three or four copies had been hardbound by the Prairie Press to illustrate the finished product. Derleth’s lawyer suppressed the publication." However, one copy that was offered for sale a few years ago has a Kroch’s & Brentano’s label on the rear jacket panel, so it is possible that copies were sold by at least one bookstore. Nevertheless, only a handful copies are known to exist at this time. Thanks to John D. Haefele for much of this information. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. This copy is signed on the front free endpaper by Derleth. It is rare, perhaps unique -- we know of no other signed copy. (#162719).

Price: $2,500.00

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