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    H. P. Lovecraft's The Shunned House - the Rarest Arkham House Book

    H. P. Lovecraft. The Shunned House. With a Preface by Frank Belknap Long, Jr. Recluse Press: Athol, Mass., 1928. First edition, one of a supposed edition of only 300 copies. Octavo. [59], [1, blank] pages. Complete in eight unbound gatherings (the first seven gatherings have eight pages each, the final gathering has four). Printed on paper watermarked 'Canterbury Laid,' as issued. This copy has the cancel copyright notice on the copyright page; our copy is Currey's priority B. Some toning to gatherings, some edge soiling to gatherings, final gathering with edge soiling and a few small chips missing. Overall, a near fine copy of this rare item. Housed in later clamshell box.
    This small volume constitutes the rarest volume in the Arkham House canon, though one can argue that this is not a true Arkham House title at all. In 1928, W. Paul Cook printed approximately 300 unbound sets of The Shunned House for The Recluse Press. At the time, Lovecraft's reputation as a writer of weird fiction did not translate into book sales; he barely stamped out a living publishing in the pulp magazines of the time. The unbound copies of this very book sat largely unsold until Arkham House began moving them in the early 1950s. Arkham bound the final 100 sets in black cloth in 1961.




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