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Item Description: HPL's poem "Revelation" appeared in THE TRYOUT, March 1919. See Joshi, Life, pp. 427 (Coates & DRIFTWIND); 430 (first visit to Vermont was in August 1927; second was in 1928). HPL published thirteen pieces in DRIFTWIND; two articles, "The Materialist Today" in DRIFTWIND, October 1926 (v1, n7) and "Vermont: a First Impression" in DRIFTWIND, March 1928 (v2, n5), ten poems (all part of his "Fungi From Yoggoth" cycle) published between 1930 and 1937, and a letter to the editor, published in the July 1932 issue. HPL was an "Associate Editor" (an honorary appointment by Coates) of DRIFTWIND for the issues published from June-July 1935 through February 1937. Coates wrote an obituary of HPL which he published in the DRIFTWIND, April 1937. Joshi says Coates' correspondence with HPL was "sporadic." DRIFTWIND (1926-1950), 227 issues; an amateur magazine, devoted mainly to poetry, with an emphasis on regional writers. It also carried essays and editorials by Coates, the publisher and, for the first few years, also the editor, expressing his liberal philosophical/political views. An early tag line for the journal was, "A magazine of sectional and literary idealism." Later Coates retired as editor and appointed W. Paul Cook. The magazine printed poems and essays by H. P. Lovecraft as well as poetry by August Derleth and other minor genre writers. The earliest postcard, dated 11 March 1926 thanks Coates for sending him the opening number of The Drift-Wind. "I have read it through -- & tho' a conservative myself, admire the grace of your arguments." Philosophically, they certainly formed an odd couple. HPL gradually moves from a gracious and formal to a warmer and more bantering tone. A propos of Coates including HPL in his journal, which was aimed at Vermontiana, HPL signs an early card, "- HPL, Vice-Consul of the Vermont Republic in Providence, Rhode- Island Free State." Many of the cards offer friendly critiques of material in Coates' magazine; others disseminate the usual news of HPL's travels, friends, etc. He calls Charleston, SC, "the most utterly fascinating city I have ever seen!" (29/iv/1930) Some manage to squeeze intellectual substance into their cramped quarters: a critique of Longfellow (30/i/1930); of The Book of Mormon (15/iv/1932); a defense of materialism (14/ii/1933). His letter dated "Thursday" is a cover letter for his submission of "a rather impressionistic account of my one delectable & memorable glimpse of Vermont -. I couldn't seem to boil it down to the desiderate 850 words, but herewith accord you full permission to delete ad libitum -- slash it all you like." (Coates has invited HPL to write something for him and wrote back gratefully on 2/x/1927, "I will not delete it an atom.") Touching on the subject of Poe in Providence, he writes, "The only personal touch for me is the amusing dislike of Poe current in my family, & based on surviving memories of his alcoholic proclivities -." His letter dated "Tuesday" (written during the winter, we may infer) declines reluctantly an invitation to visit Coates in Vermont, citing his aversion to cold weather and identifying in amusingly vivid detail the progressive collapse of his body as the temperature drops. In his brief letter of 17/i/1933 he writes that their mutual friend "Cook nearly took my breath away the other day by sending me a copy of [Maturin's] 'Melmoth' as a gift -- a thing I've been looking for for years." In the oversize letter of 29/ii/1928 he comments on some recent poems in the Driftwind which took a bleak allegorical look at the power of Truth to strip away "all the freshness, colour, expectancy, interest, happiness, & sense of dignity, values, & direction which make ordinary life endurable-. Years ago I wrote some verses on the same theme myself -- though with only a fraction of the grace & assurance of these poignant lines. Smith printed them in The Tryout." He copies out this 1918 poem, "Revelation" (Joshi I-A-82; B-III-159). "The one thing that reconci. Bookseller Inventory # 108216

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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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Original Typed Postcard from Wilson H. Shepherd to Forrest Ackerman, Mentioning Transmittal of 50 Copies of The History of the Necronomicon, and Upcoming Availability of 200 Copies of The Shadow Over Innsmouth Etc.

Shepherd, Wilson H. [postcard to Forrest Ackerman, of H. P. Lovecraft and William Crawford interest]

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Item Description: Unpublished [Wilson H. Shepherd, with Visionary Publishing interest], Oakman, Alabama, 1938. Single Card. Original Postcard. Postcard, typed in red ink, signed in full in blue ink: "Oakman, Alabama July 5, 1938 Dear Mr. Ackerman, I am sending under separate cover 50 copies of The History of the Necronomicon, 25 Sf Bibliograpohies, and one copy of Wonder Stories. I have just made a deal with Mr. William l. Crawford and have obtained 200 copies of The Shadow Over Inns mouth [sic], app. 100 copies of the five issues of Marvel Tales, and 50 copies of the Smith-Keller pamphlet, if you should be interested in any of those items please make an offer for all are [sic] any part. Thank you for your order. Yours very truly, Wilson H. Shepherd". A great reference to the involvement of Shepherd in publishing H. P. Lovecraft's book, the only hardcover by Lovecraft published in Lovecraft's lifetime. Chalker reports that Crawford printed 500 copies, bound less than 250 and the remaining copies were all lost.[with] An unsigned postcard from Shepherd dated February 10, 1940, discussing availability of a number of pulps 1920-1939, including a complete set of Argosy June 1932 thru June 1939, "468 copies all told" which may be a typographical error. Signed by Wilson H. Shepherd. Bookseller Inventory # 021239

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YR OBT. SERVT: SOME POSTCARDS OF HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT SENT TO WILLIAM BLANCH TALMAN

Lovecraft, H. P.

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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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