(#170062) THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH. Lovecraft.

THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH. Everett, Pennsylvania: Visionary Publishing Co., 1936. Octavo, pp. [1-16: blank] [1-12] 13-158 [159-176: blank] [first and last leaves used as front and rear paste-downs], illustrations by Frank A. Utpatel, original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver. First edition. One of a handful of Lovecraft's personal copies, this one with penciled corrections by him on 45 pages, including the neat addition of a dropped line on page 72, with the errata slip and the dust jacket prepared after publication. Lovecraft's first published book, preceded by THE SHUNNED HOUSE (1928) that was printed, but not circulated beyond a tiny circle of Lovecraft's friends. Publisher William H. Crawford has stated that approximately 400 copies were printed, of which about 200 were bound, the remainder destroyed at a later date. Binding and typography were wretched and a handful of the earliest copies had corrections in Lovecraft's hand. The errata leaf and printed dust jacket, prepared after publication according to Crawford, accompany this copy. Of two known bindings, this copy has the title on front panel stamped in upper and lower case letters. The dust jacket is Currey's variant 2 (no priority established) with lettering in silver and yellow-green illustration. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1039. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 272. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1624-26. In 333. See Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-132. See Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-160. Bleiler (1978), p. 127. Reginald 09259. Joshi I-A-11. A fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with light wear at edges and some general dust soiling, latter mostly on the rear panel. Enclosed in a cloth clamshell box. (#170062).

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"Published, April, 1936" on copyright page.