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    Lovecraft's First Book, With Excellent Examples
    of Two Versions of the Rare Dust Jacket,
    and with the Rare Errata Leaf

    H. P. Lovecraft. The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Illustrated by Frank A. Utpatel. Everett, Pennsylvania: Visionary Publishing Co., 1936. First edition ("Published, April, 1936" on the copyright page). Twelvemo. [14, blank], 158, [16, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth with silver lettering, with the front cover title in capitals and lower case (one of two known bindings, Currey binding B, no priority). In two original dust jackets: the rare dust jacket on white paper with silver lettering on the front panel and spine matching that from the cloth binding, and with the illustration in yellow-green (Currey dust jacket variant 2, no priority) AND the example on white paper stock with the lettering in silver (no illustration, Currey variant 3). Slight wrinkling to the spine cloth, due more to the inexpert skills of the publisher than any handling since then. Light soiling to boards. Small paper abrasion to front free endpaper. A few tiny smudges to the text edges. Minimal wear to the jackets, with only the occasional tiny instance of finger soiling. A near fine copy in two fine examples of the rare jacket. Also laid is the rare publisher's Errata leaf.
    "Publisher states that approximately 400 copies were printed, of which about 200 were bound with the remainder later destroyed" (Currey, page 324).




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