Everett, Pennsylvania: Visionary Publishing Co., 1936. First Edition, First Printing. First edition. A VIRTUALLY FINE COPY IN THE MOST DESIRABLE DUST JACKET AND WITH THE ERRATA SLIP. Octavo, original black cloth titled in silver. Of two known bindings, this copy has the title in upper and lower case letters. 158 pp., four illustrations by Frank Utpatel. A virtually fine copy in dust jacket, with very little spine creasing (the book was poorly bound and copies are most commonly found with wretched spines). Enclosed in a fine folding solander case, black leather spine titled in gilt and gray cloth sides, commissioned especially for this copy from master bookbinder Gray Parrot. Item #310984
¶ Lovecraft's first published book, preceded by THE SHUNNED HOUSE (1928) that was printed but not bound, and circulated only within a tiny circle of Lovecraft's friends. The book was printed in April, 1936, the edition not bound until November, Lovecraft received his copies late in the year and sent out some inscribed copies as Christmas presents He was hospitalized soon after that and died on March 15, 1937. 400 copies were printed. Around 200 copies were bound, the remaining sheets destroyed or abandoned. A dust wrapper was issued as an afterthought, and exists in three states; due to a leaky garage, fewer than 100 had dust wrappers. An errata sheet was made up some time after initial publication and exists in some copies. The errata leaf and printed dust jacket accompany this copy. The dust jacket is Currey variant 2 (no priority established), with lettering in silver and an illustration on the front panel by Virgil Finlay printed in yellow-green ink.