May 04, 2017 - Sale 2446

Sale 2446 - Lot 383

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
"I'VE HAD THREE NEW INQUIRIES ABOUT THE REALITY OF THE NECRONOMICON" LOVECRAFT, H.P. Autograph Letter Signed, "Ech-Pi-El," to Clark Ashton Smith ("Dear Klarkash-Ton"), praising Smith's short work, "The Colossus of Ylourgne," discussing the literary promise of Carl Ferdinand Stauch, giving the addresses of mutual friends, discussing a booklet about Providence, RI, that was lost in the mail, complaining of misprints in the publication of "Dreams in the Witch House," discussing travel plans, describing a visit from Malik Taus and [W. Paul?] Cook, and giving an account of his travel through "Narragansett Country" and the region's history. 4 pages, 4to, written on the recto and verso of two sheets; minor scattered bleed-through, horizontal folds. (MRS) "Nameless Ruins of Iath" [Providence], "Hour of the Lambent Glow around the Sealed Tower" [1933]

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". . . I have since been revelling in . . . the enthralling pages of 'The Colossus of Ylourgne'. I ä! Shub-Niggurath! What blasphemous spawn of the pit! Some of these delicious entities almost surpass any I have had before--& are on a scale hitherto unparalleled in my modest collection. Glad to see the originals of the 'Lurking Fear' series . . . .
". . . Glad to hear of the increasing sale--both of D.S. [The Double Shadow] & E. & C. [Ebony and Crystal]. W. Paul Cook may order both before long. Glad young [Carl Ferdinand] Strauch has ordered. He is the home-town bosom friend of Harry Brobst--also an admirer of yours--& a very brilliant youth. A poet, & for some time Asst. Librarian of Muhlenberg College, of which he is a graduate. . . . His own fiction is embryonic, but he can probably make something of it if he will stick to his own Pennsylvania region, so rich in distinctive spectral folklore. . . .
"Glad you like the 'Witch House' in print. The misprints made one see red--especially on p 92 (magical 'love' for magical LORE) . . . . I felt honoured to have 'Ubbo-Sathla' for a neighbour. Incidentally, those two tales . . . give our synthetic folklore the biggest simultaneous mass presentation it has yet received. When a reader finishes this issue, he'll be about ready to ask Dauber & Pine to find him a copy of the 'Book of Eibon'! I've had three new inquiries about the reality of the Necronomicon, &c. . . ."