Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide

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This reference work covers the supernatural and speculative fiction published by Arkham House Publishers, Inc., of Sauk City, Wisconsin. In 1937, promising Wisconsin writer August Derleth decided to publish a collection of the stories of his recently deceased friend, H. P. Lovecraft. After two years of failed attempts, Derleth and another Lovecraft fan, Donald Wandrei, published the collection themselves under the name of Arkham. In the years that followed, Arkham House published the works of many of the foremost...

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Overview

This reference work covers the supernatural and speculative fiction published by Arkham House Publishers, Inc., of Sauk City, Wisconsin. In 1937, promising Wisconsin writer August Derleth decided to publish a collection of the stories of his recently deceased friend, H. P. Lovecraft. After two years of failed attempts, Derleth and another Lovecraft fan, Donald Wandrei, published the collection themselves under the name of Arkham. In the years that followed, Arkham House published the works of many of the foremost American and British writers of weird fiction, including Basil Copper, Lord Dunsany, Robert E. Howard, and Robert Bloch. Arkham published Ray Bradbury's first book, Dark Carnival, in 1947.

The work begins with a history of the house and biography of August Derleth; it also includes a chapter on H. P. Lovecraft's connection to Arkham. The main body of the text consists of chronologically listed descriptions and current values of the more than 230 titles published by Arkham House and its two imprints, Mycroft & Moran and Stanton & Lee. These entries detail editions, reprints, special points, restoration, care, buying and selling, investment, and future trends. Other features include alphabetical indeces of titles and authors, lists of scarcity and value ranking, a list of annual stock lists and catalogs, and a bibliography of reference literature. The book is illustrated throughout with dust jacket reproductions and photographs.

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Midwest Book Review
up-to-date, comprehensive, and easy-to-use...plainly of interest to any collectors or dealers of Arkham House books and of books in the science-fiction and supernatural/fantasy genres
Critical Mass
"a valuable tool"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786417858
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/20/2004
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,324,372
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Leon Nielsen, published writer and retired wildlife biologist, was a seller and appraiser of books. He lived in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
1 Howard Phillips Lovecraft, August Derleth and Arkham house 7
2 Collecting Arkham House books 15
3 Buying and selling Arkham House books 34
4 Arkham house bibliography (1939-2003) 45
5 Mycroft & Moran bibliography (1945-1998) 148
6 Stanton & Lee bibliography (1945-1970) 158
7 The thirty-five most valuable Arkham House books 169
8 Arkham House books ranked by scarcity 171
9 Arkham House stock lists and catalogs 178
10 A representative Arkham House book collection 180
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    comprehensive guide for book collectors

    Books published by Arkham House are especially desirable with science-fiction and fantasy book collectors. The books have exceptional value not only for their scarcity, but because of the publisher's historical significance in this genre. Arkham House was started in 1937 by the writer August Derleth to publish the works of his friend H. P. Lovecraft who had recently died. With the success of this first venture, the House took on other authors, among them Lord Dunsany and Robert Howard. In 1947, it published Ray Bradbury's first book, 'Dark Carnival.' After introductory general material on the collecting, buying, and selling of Arkham House books, there are annotated bibliographies of every book published by Arkham as well as its two imprints, Mycroft & Moran, and Stanton & Lee. The detailed annotations identify the contents of the respective book and point out bits of information important to collectors; and they end with current prices for first printings of first editions of the book in its best condition with a jacket and without a jacket. But that's not all--following the three comprehensive bibliographies are sections on the 35 most valuable Arkham House books; its books ranked by scarcity; and a listing of the publisher's catalogs, which are also of interest to collectors, though not nearly so valuable as the books, the most desirable of which can cost a couple of thousand dollars. Nielsen is himself a collector of Arkham House books. This up-to-date, comprehensive, and easy-to-use handbook is plainly of interest to any collectors or dealers of Arkham House books and of books in the science-fiction and supernatural/fantasy genres.

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