Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Typescript of One of the First
    Cthulhu Mythos
    Stories

    H. P. Lovecraft [American author, 1890-1937]. Original Typescript for The Festival. 598 Angell St., Providence R.I. [n.d., ca. 1923]. Twelve quarto leaves, rectos only. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. The first leaf is written entirely in pencil in Lovecraft's Hand: "The / Festival / by / H. P. Lovecraft." After this leaf are ten numbered typewritten leaves, and one final blank leaf. The complete story. With a few of the author's corrections or notations in ink. Leaves quite browned and worn, with edges chipped and with several tears. Leaves dampstained near the upper and right margins. Still, a very good example of an incredibly rare and fragile item. Relatively few manuscripts or typescripts by Lovecraft have appeared at auction in the last thirty years. This story, first published in Weird Tales in January, 1925 is "the first Mythos story to use witch-haunted Kingsport as a setting." (Lin Carter, Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos). It is also one of the earliest works of fiction to discuss the Necronomicon. From the collection of Dr. Stuart David Schiff.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2016
    6th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,114

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $200,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 October 23 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 June 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,097,506