Item #55404 THE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH. Howard Phillips Lovecraft.


Buffalo: Shroud, Publishers, 1955. First edition in hardback of this, the first separate edition of a novella not published in Lovecraft's lifetime combining elements of horror and fantasy to illustrate the scope of humankind's ability to dream. Introduction by George T. Wetzel. One of the designated "50 Specially Bound Copies" with label pasted to colophon stating as such SIGNED BY THE EDITOR/PUBLISHER OF SHROUD, Kenneth J. Krueger (in red). From a total edition of 1,500 numbered copies, this being numbered 413 (the balance were issued in paperwraps). None of the copies (hardbound or softbound) were issued in a particular sequence and there seem to have been more than 50 hardbound copies, as they sometimes show up without the pasted label. The novella first appeared in August Derleth's Lovecraft collection BEYOND THE WALL OF SLEEP (Arkham House, 1943) and then in a "definitive version" with text corrected by S. T. Joshi in Arkham's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (1964). 8vo black cloth lettered in gilt on spine. In Currey's later issue yellow dust jacket with the "Abbott Road" address printed at bottom of back cover [Currey, p.322], though all the hardbacks seem to be in this jacket, which appears to have been made specifically to fit them. A remarkably fine copy, basically as new, in a nearly fine dust jacket with small chip from bottom edge of front panel. An unusually nice copy of a Lovecraft rarity.
Item #55404

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