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Item Description: The postcard was sent from Cambridge, Mass. and shows the head of a Greek athlete from Harvard's Fogg Art Museum. Oddly, Lovecraft refers to it as a "Herm," which is incorrect. (The word, with a lowercase "h," refers to a kind of statue used in Athens, with the head of a bearded Hermes mounted on a square pillar, in the middle of which, usually, was an erect phallus. They were regarded as sacred objects and used as boundary markers -- and later vandalized so often that intact examples are rare.) Recalls an earlier visit to Cambridge that Lovecraft and Loveman made together. Enumerates the museums seen or scheduled to be seen. Paul Cook, who was there with HPL, has scribbled a postscript. The letter, sent from Providence, touches on overwork, illness, amateur press matters, the latest pulp appearances ("Mountains of Madness", first installment, in February Astounding), social visits, and, in a short but striking passage, the description of his return from a visit to Paterson, NJ. "That night I hopped the coach for ancient Providentium and ran into a snowstorm -- being held up an hour at dawn in the exquisite colonial village of Hampton, Conn. -- with houses dating back to 1712 on every hand, and an ethereal white Georgian steeple peeping over the freshly white-deck'd boughs. The delay was for the sanding of a long, sinuous hill -- and I was sorry when we got in motion again." (If Lovecraft died and went to heaven, it might have looked something like this. Or would it be hell for an old atheist to discover that he'd been wrong? One can imagine the roman a clef Twilight Zone version: the bus swerves, HPL is knocked out, wakes up to this vision of a winter paradise, goes out in his worn suit and wanders about with rapt attention, catching a glimpse here and there of people in Colonial dress who ignore him. Looking into the firelit interior of a house, he wonders why he doesn't feel cold. "It was then that he realized he was dead.") Earlier in the letter HPL says he is sending a copy of his CATS OF ULTHAR, the rare 1935 pamphlet handset by Barlow at his Dragon-Fly Press in Florida and printed in forty-two copies. HPL jokes, "If it doesn't fit into your private collection, you might catalogue it at 9000 bucks or so as an early Dragon-Fly Press item." If Loveman had lived another 60 years or so, he could have done just that. The value of this pamphlet passed the $9000 value level a while back. See in this catalogue item LWC inventory #108200 the copy inscribed by HPL to Loveman, one of the two copies set on special paper (Red Lion Text). See also in this catalogue item LWC inventory #109134 for the original manuscript of this short story. Loveman, a poet and bookdealer, was definitely in the inner circle of HPL's friends. They corresponded, praised each other's work and visited when possible. When, Loveman, a Jew, later discovered from Lovecraft's ex-wife, Sonia, the extent of Lovecraft's anti-Semitism and racism, he burned most of his letters from HPL (as Sonia also did). (Joshi, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, p. 158.) Extant letters from HPL to Loveman are rare. This is a particularly significant one, demonstrating one of the paradoxes of Lovecraft, who talked a good game of anti-Semitism, but, when it came down to cases, had warm friendships with some of them and married another. The failure of his marriage had more to do with Sonia being a woman than a Jew. He gave away to Loveman his own special copy of CATS, one that Barlow had intend as HPL's personal copy, one of just two Barlow kept the other one. Unpublished. Faint mailing creases, but fine. (#109131). Bookseller Inventory # 109131

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LOVECRAFT, H.P.

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Item Description: Writing to the editor of Wonder Stories in 1933, Lovecraft squeezes over two hundred words in his minute hand onto the verso of the card, which he has addressed on the recto. Excellent content, mentioning the length of his mss., the tastes of the science fiction reading public, Weird Tales, [Clark Ashton] Smith, Forrest Ackerman (regarding his attack on him), and more. Bookseller Inventory # 33068

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H P Lovecraft

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Item Description: ROY A SQUIRES. Pamphlet. Book Condition: Good. PAMPHLET Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Rare Books>Fiction and Poetry>Genre Fiction. Book: USED, Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01222129977367701. Bookseller Inventory # 01222129977367701

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Lovecraft, H P related ( Howard Phillips ); Marc A Michaud / Necronomicon Press

Published by West Warwick, RI.: Necronomicon Press, 1977, 1st Edition, First Printing, West Warwick, Rhode Island (1977)

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Item Description: West Warwick, RI.: Necronomicon Press, 1977, 1st Edition, First Printing, West Warwick, Rhode Island, 1977. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Virgil Finlay and B&W Photos (illustrator). First Edition. ----------5 postcards, all are about 7 x 5 inches, all are Near Fine, all are still in the original brown paper bag used by Necro Press to hold the cards ( Note and price on the bag looks like it was written by Michaud, a scarce Necronomicon Press item, a bit of age toning to the cards, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Bookseller Inventory # 156961

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Lovecraft, H. P.

Published by The Strange Company. (1988)

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Item Description: The Strange Company., 1988. 1st edition. Chapbook in stapled wrappers. 1st Printing. Edited by R. Alain Everets. 200 copies printed. A fine copy in a very good printed envelope. Bookseller Inventory # 15448

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DeCamp / De Camp, L. Sprague ( Lovecraft, H.P. & Dunsany, Lord )

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Item Description: N.p., 1970. Not Applicable. TYPED POSTCARD SIGNED dated 9-11-70 stating that he is interested in locating several out-of-print books by Lovecraft and Dunsany. Bookseller Inventory # 02832

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Lovecraft, H P ( Howard Phillips )( Wilfred Blanch Talman related); edited by R Alain Everts / Strange Company

Published by USA: Strange Company, 1988, 1st Edition, First Printing, USA (1988)

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Item Description: USA: Strange Company, 1988, 1st Edition, First Printing, USA, 1988. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Text Cover (illustrator). First Edition. ----------stapled chapbook, a Fine copy in a lightly rubbed original envelope, one of 200 (unnumbered) copies, unpaginated, b&w photos, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Bookseller Inventory # 157211

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