Athol, Mass: United Amateur Press Association, 1915. First Edition. Original wrappers. Large octavo, original printed wrappers. The front cover bears a fine reproduction of a portrait photograph of H.P. Lovecraft, HIS FIRST PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPH. Lovecraft joined the United Amateur Press Association on April 16th, 1914 and was appointed by President Dora M. Hepner to take over the chairmanship of the Department of Public Criticism in November 1914. He was then elected First Vice-President of the UAPA in July 1915 and this issue bears his portrait on the cover to commemorate his status within the organization. There is an 11-page article by HPL "The Department of Public Criticism" in this issue, plus he is listed in the "Membership List" on the final page, giving his name and address (598 Angell St., Providence, Rhode Island). There is also a long, 1-1/2 page essay "Little Journeys to the Homes of Prominent Amateurs" by Edward F. Daas which is an Introductory Biography of HPL, and states in part "That (Mr. Lovecraft) will achieve a great popularity in the world of amateur letters is a foregone conclusion, and I do not think that I am indulging in extravagant praise in predicting a brilliant future for him in the professional field". Covers lightly creased, small stains; very good. Rare. Very Good. Item #311581
¶ To put this in context, Lovecraft's first published pamphlet, THE CRIME OF CRIMES, a polemic in verse on the sinking of the Lusitania, was issued in July, 1915, and his first published piece of fiction, THE ALCHEMIST appeared in the November 1916 issue of The United Amateur. His first appearance in WEIRD TALES was not until 1923.