(#173957) THE. Winter 1948 - Autumn 1949 . ARKHAM SAMPLER, August Derleth, number 1-volume 2 volume 1, number 4.
ARKHAM SAMPLER, THE. Winter 1948 - Autumn 1949 (volume 1, number 1-volume 2, number 4). Edited by August Derleth.

Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1948-1949 (volume 1, number 1-volume 2, number 4). Octavo, printed wrappers. First edition. All published. A short lived, but important periodical. In addition to printing first appearances of fiction by Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, A. E. van Vogt and many others, the magazine published essays, criticism, memoirs and book reviews. One issue was devoted to science fiction. The final issue included an index. All issues were limited to 1200 copies except the "All Science-Fiction Issue" that had a 2000-copy print run. "Although THE ARKHAM SAMPLER carried a number of competent new stories, that had not been its prime purpose. Derleth's quarterly had tried to elevate the fields of weird and horror fantasy, and to some degree science fiction, with distinguished critical writing and reviewing. In this respect TAS, however unprofitable, was decades before its time" (Tymn and Ashley). Parnell, Monthly Terrors, pp. 14-15 (listing contents). Tymn and Ashley, eds., Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 112-114. Shallow loss to spine ends of several issues, just a bit of the inevitable rust staining from binding staples to front and rear covers of several issues, a nearly fine set. A remarkably nice set, and uncommon thus. (#173957).

Price: $1,250.00

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