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    H.P. Lovecraft. The Shunned House. Althol, Massachusetts: The Recluse Press, 1928.
    Forged edition of Lovecraft's first book, which was originally printed in 1928 by W. Paul Cook at the Recluse Press. Twelvemo. 59 pages.

    Minor wear to corners; moderate wear to spine ends. Front hinge is beginning to crack, but binding is otherwise sound. Textblock is in great shape. Overall, a very good copy.

    The Shunned House wasn't officially published until 1961 when August Derleth bound 100 sets of sheets at Arkham House. In the mid-1960s, forgeries began to appear on the market. Arkham copies are bound in black cloth; this copy is bound in red cloth with a red leather spine lettered in gold, presumably to be confused with the specially bound copy that Robert Barlow presented to Lovecraft in 1935. A copy of the Arkham House cancel is pasted to the verso of the title page; text is obviously offset-printed instead of the letter press printing of the genuine Recluse Press sheets. The total number of forged copies is unknown, but these seem at least as scarce (or more so) than legitimate copies. From the Robert and Diane Yaspan Collection.

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