Sauk City, Wis. Arkham House, 1965. Gary Gore (with Ronald Rich and Virgil Finley). First. Hard Cover in Holliston Black Novelex Cloth with gilt titles. Fine / Fine. Item #43
A high-grade collectable five-volume, first edition, first printing, complete set of Arkham House’s Collected Letters of H. P. Lovecraft. Each octavo volume is in its original Holliston Black Novelex binding cloth with gilt stamped titles to the spine. Additionally, each volume has their original unclipped Ronald Gore designed jackets. All first-printing points verified as published in Jefferey’s Arkham House Companion. In the 30-years I have been dealing in Arkham House and Lovecraft books, this is the finest set I have had the privilege of possessing. The most critical point of what I consider a fine set, after only the first printing points, is the condition of the dust jacket for volume I. The jacket was printed using a blue ink notorious for its ability to quickly fade into the abyss of a sunlit shelf. Copies of this volume often appear a faint gray-blue or even a faint gray shadow. The Jacket for Volume I of this set, and the jackets for its companion volumes, have been protected since publication by custom thick paper dust jacket jackets with typed titles. Each volume’s binding is sharp and tight. Internal pages are crisp with only faint natural yellowing. Volume V remains in its original shrink wrap.