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Bookseller: Between The Covers
Croydon: The London Electric Firm . Oblong quarto. Measuring 10" x 12". pp. Cord tied printed flexible card wrappers. Light stains on the... More
Croydon: The London Electric Firm . Oblong quarto. Measuring 10" x 12". pp. Cord tied printed flexible card wrappers. Light stains on the wrappers, one leaf has pulled loose, else near fine. Trade catalog for nautical, ground, and aviation searchlights. On the rectos of each leaf is a large photograph in color of a searchlight (on a few pages two photographs appear; one photo is uncolored) with a printed description of the searchlight on the facing page. Colorful and engaging. Rare. OCLC locates a single copy at the Henry Ford Museum, that is almost certainly the same or similar to this with 19 pages (we assume they mean leaves) and attributes the date of 1920. Although this copy is undated that seems a reasonable guess. Less
Price: 2500.00 USD
Collection of Letters, Photographs,...
Bookseller: Between The Covers
1917-1958. A collection of over 100 Typed Letters Signed from the author Eugene L. Cunningham, best known for his Western-theme novels and pulp... More
1917-1958. A collection of over 100 Typed Letters Signed from the author Eugene L. Cunningham, best known for his Western-theme novels and pulp adventure stories, starting in 1917 and ending in 1957, including what is probably the last letter he sent before his sudden death. They are accompanied by Cunningham's personal copy of his rare pamphlet, Famous in the West, the precursor to his classic book Triggernometry (and the copy from which a later facsimile was created); another very rare promotional pamphlet containing one of his uncollected short stories; a printed Christmas Card, and eight black and white photographs of Cunningham from his teenage years up through middle-age with two of the pictures Signed and partially annotated on the rear. Overall near fine with folds to the letters from being mailed, tape repair and toning to one pamphlet, and paper remnants on the rear of a few photos where they were once affixed to an album page.Eugene Lafayette Cunningham (1896-1957) was born in Helena, Arkansas to Eugene and Istalena Cunningham, grew up in Texas attending school in Dallas and Fort Worth. He served in the Navy from 1914-1919, is rumored to have worked as a solider of fortune in Central America immediately after, and later reenlisted during World War II to work for Navy intelligence. Though he published his first novel, The Trail to Apacaz in 1924, he was already a prolific pulp writer contributing under his own name and various pseudonyms (Buck Stradleigh, Leigh Carder, Alan Corby) for such adventure pulps as Frontier, Adventure, Lariat, War Stories, Argosy, Detective Fiction Weekly, Action Stories, and Soldier Stories. He was considered one of the finer Western writers of his time and his 1934 nonfiction book, Triggernometry, a study of famous gunfighters of the old West, has become a standard text on the subject, so much so that the Western Writers of America named it one of the best nonfiction books of all time.Cunningham's prolific output for the pulp magazines ran counter to his true aspiration to become a serious novelist. But as his family continued to grow so did his amazing ability (and need) to produce, sometimes writing four and five pieces a month for different magazines and on one occasion producing a novel-length story in two weeks. His popularity earned him a lucrative career until the Depression hit. And while his workload did not diminish, his page rate dropped dramatically. By that time he had become a victim of his own success unwilling to turn away work as the economic situation grew more tenuous.This correspondence with his boyhood friend George Johnson is extremely collegial with heartfelt thoughts about life, family, and politics, along with a healthy dose of kidding and facetious comments at Johnson's expense. The earliest letters were written in 1917 while Cunningham was still in the service, and newly married, and already a published author, having placed the story, "Luck to Order" in an issue Argosy under his first pen name Gordon Shulford (possibly his first professionally published work). He soon announces the birth of his three children, his growing popularity as a writer and the resulting financial windfall, anecdotes and remembrances of shared friends and adventures, accounts of meeting and befriending legendary western cowboys, belt-tightening during the Depression, and the difficulties of married life.Cunningham goes into some detail about his rigorous writing schedule and constant workload. He describes his average daily routine: writing one story in the morning, editing the previous day's work in the afternoons, and starting the next story at night. Eventually, as his family grows, he has to amend his efforts to better suit family life and enrich his own exhausted idea mill. Throughout the correspondence he describes the various pulps he is writing for, sometimes with brief synopsis, and the growing demand from publishers who have come to rely on his quality stories, and fast turnaround. At one point he reports earning $1,200 a month and is firing off five stories a month, all the while continuing to add more potential pulps to his roster, including an ongoing contract with Fiction House.After the Depression Cunningham continued to write for magazines but also produces a steady stream of books with Triggernometry remaining his biggest success with several printings over the next two decades. Cunningham died suddenly of a heart attack at age 60 while sitting in bed reading. The correspondence is picked up briefly with eight letters from Cunningham's wife Mary who informs Johnson that he likely received the last letter Cunningham ever wrote, and thanks him for the posthumous reprint of the rare pamphlet Famous Gunfighters, which Johnson was finally able to publish after many years of struggle to determine copyright.With the letters are two interesting pamphlets published by the Hicks-Hayward Company of El Paso, manufacturer of Rodeo Outdoor Clothes. The first is Rodeo Western Stories, an undated and short-lived promotional pamphlet from the mid-1920s that contains the Cunningham story "Green Handled Guns." The inside front wrap claims that, "This booklet will be sent to you each month," but only one other issue was released, and both are exceedingly rare with OCLC locating just two copies of this issue (and one of the second). The other pamphlet is Famous in the West, a nonfiction account of five notable western gunfighters. This is Cunningham's personal copy and the one used to make the 1958 limited edition facsimile, of which two copies are included in this archive (#6 and #12). The facsimile includes Cunningham's original Signed note on the front flap that states that 60,000 copies of the original were printed but most destroyed by the publisher due to postage costs; it does not reproduce the additional Signed note by Cunningham at the bottom of the page that states: "This is fore-father of Triggernometry."Rounding out the collection is an undated Christmas card and eight photographs. The earliest, dated August 3, 1915, pictures him in the Navy and reads "3rd class yeoman" on the rear, followed by another dated 1917 and Signed on the bottom edge. Other photos show him boxing with another fighter, in his uniform looking at the camera, looking out to sea, and an older Cunningham standing in front of a boat, at his writing desk, and in a tie at an official function with a "visitors" ribbon pinned to his shirt.A wonderful collection of personal correspondence from a prolific author of western novels and pulp adventures.A few selected excerpts:? 11/20/17 -- On being in the Navy: "I can truthfully say that at no time have I liked the Service more than at present, when I'll be out within a week. I'm not sorry that I've done four years, for it has been experience that I could have obtained in no other way, but I am glad it's nearly over."? 5/13/26 -- About his friend, the gunfighter J.B. Gillett: "He was a city marshal of El Paso from '82 to '85, relieving the famous Dallas Stoudenmire. In that day, she was a town requiring a hefty customer. ... He looked over my article on him, which is to appear in the Rodeo Clothes booklet Famous in the West. Every two minutes he'd look at me over his spec's across the desk, sort of wonderingly: 'I didn't tell you that Lieutenant Reynolds pulled his mustache that way, but -- he did! How did you know?'"? 1/11/27 -- The popularity of pulps: "Cowboys and ranger fiction is vastly popular and I have learned the mechanics of volume production of the same. The result is inevitable -- checks and yet more checks. I'm no millionaire, by any stretch of the imagination, but I can make a damned good living at hack work."? 6/1/27 -- On earning $1000 a month writing for the pulps: "But it means nothing more -- the making of money, I mean -- than an increase in volume. The more I can stow away, the more independent I am; the more easily I can sneak away from this action stuff and try some worth-while fiction."? 1/26/38 -- Relocating to San Francisco: "We have some good friends dating back to1932 -- and back of that by ten years -- Americans, Jews, Italians, Irish, German, just a mix up. I enjoy them thoroughly, their sincere feelings for us and their simple, homely tastes, their generosity and thoughtfulness. El Paso was NOT cordial or hospitable. So long as I bought the drinks, either at home or in town, everyone was pleasant. But take away the free liquor and they forget you."? 11/6/52 -- "If your Outlaw Press 'concretes' we can doubtless do something on Famous in the West. I have asked Copyright Office if copyright was renewed. It expired in 1943. One way or another, I make no doubt that we can arrange to reprint. As for royalty -- get your costing figured and figure what split of Net you can afford to give me."? 11/18/57 -- From Mary: "Gene didn't even tell me that when he was examined the first of the year and found to have a weakened heart, the doctor said he'd had a mild heart attack."? 12/26/57 -- From Mary: "No, you hadn't written Gene about Famous in the West. In fact, his to you 8 October-seemed he thought you had given up the idea [of a reprint]. By the way, it probably was the last letter he ever wrote."? 6/21/58 -- From Mary: "Very frankly, I was heart-broken when Gene gave you our only copy of Famous in the West. But I am most appreciative now." Less
Price: 12500.00 USD
H.P. Lovecraft Collection
Bookseller: Between The Covers
A remarkable collection of 244 H.P. Lovecraft items with over 200 rare amateur press appearances dating as early as 1914; nine important pulp... More
A remarkable collection of 244 H.P. Lovecraft items with over 200 rare amateur press appearances dating as early as 1914; nine important pulp magazines containing, among others, the first appearances of "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Colour Out of Space," and "The Shadow Out of Time"; and nearly 20 miscellaneous appearances by Lovecraft or writings directly relating to his works. Several items are bound in boards, the remaining are bound in stapled or sewn wrappers, most with the tiny book label of Black Sparrow Press founder John K. Martin on the rear pastedown or wrap. Overall near fine with exceptions noted in the detailed list.This collection was assembled over several decades by Martin, who is perhaps best known for providing Charles Bukowski a guaranteed stipend that allowed him to leave his post-office job in order to write full-time. Martin's private collections are renowned for the superior condition of their material, such as his landmark D.H. Lawrence collection. Always a fan of Lovecraft, Martin began casually collecting the horror author in 1955. He became more focused in his efforts in the late 1980s when he recognized the seemingly impossible challenge of obtaining the amateur press publications in which Lovecraft appeared during his lifetime.Lovecraft (1890-1937) is considered to be the first great horror writer of the 20th Century, and is the most influential American horror writer since Edgar Allen Poe. His atmospheric tales of lurking horror and ancient gods, often set in and around his beloved Providence, Rhode Island, have become a staple of horror fiction. His works have remained in print continuously during the 75 years since his death, with his popularity growing along with his reputation as a master of the genre both in America and worldwide. But while Poe achieved some modest notoriety during his lifetime and was able to remain tenuously employed as a writer and editor throughout his life, Lovecraft's career path was much less successful.Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in Providence on August 20, 1890 to Sarah Susan Phillips and Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman who was hospitalized after a psychotic break due to syphilis in 1893 and died there five years later. Lovecraft was raised by his overprotective mother and aunts who were forced to live in austere circumstances following the mismanagement of his grandfather's estate. Lovecraft was a quiet and withdrawn boy who suffered from illness and attended school infrequently. He eventually left high school following a nervous breakdown during his senior year. His failure to graduate, and later to be accepted into Brown University, became a great source of embarrassment to him during his life. He never held a job during his lifetime, though he was offered the editor-in-chief position at Weird Tales. Instead he lived off a meager inheritance and the small payments he received from his increasingly difficult-to-sell stories, dying alone from intestinal cancer at age 46.Despite Lovecraft's lack of formal education, he was a leading autodidact of his time. He was a voracious reader who consumed great swaths of literature and science at an early age. He had written several fiction stories by age seven, produced his own hectographed science journals for his friends by age 13, and as a young man contributed an astronomy column to several rural and city newspapers. It was during this time that he began reading pulp magazines and contributing letters of praise and criticism. A string of letters commenting on a poorly written love story in Argosy piqued the interest of Edward F. Daas, president of the United Amateur Press Association (UAPA), who invited Lovecraft to become a member.Lovecraft's dedication to the amateur press movement, where he served as the president and official editor of the UAPA, as well as a brief stint as president of the rival National Amateur Press Association, cannot be overestimated. He credited this involvement with rescuing him from a near comatose existence following his nervous breakdown, providing recognition for his formidable writing skill, and introducing him to kindred spirits with whom he found acceptance. It was at a gathering of UAPA members in Boston that he met his future wife Sonia Greene (though the marriage did not last). Lovecraft remained involved with the movement until his final year of life, even after gaining some modest success in the pulps, contributing to both national amateur publications and the smallest of regional efforts with support and encouragement.This collection is remarkable in part because many of these amateur press appearances are particularly difficult to find today. Recognized Lovecraft expert S.T. Joshi explains in the introduction to his 2009 bibliography, H.P. Lovecraft: A Comprehensive Bibliography, that "amateur journals, some perhaps printed in fewer than fifty copies, typify the major problem for bibliographers; the scarcity of surviving copies of his published work. Lovecraft did not publish in any well-known journals of his time, nor did a major publisher ever issue a volume of his writings before his death; thus we are faced with the situation that many of his publications survive in a handful of copies, the majority carefully guarded in private hands."Within this collection are more than 200 items from the amateur press -- Lovecraft contributions dating from his first year of participation in 1914 up until his death in 1937, as well as posthumous first appearances of his printed writings, correspondence, and tributes. Some of these pieces are nonfiction writings on the particulars of the amateur press movement, while many others are stories and poems published for the very first time. Some of the highlights include:? The New Member -- July 1914, containing his first published essay in the amateur press.? The Scot -- June 1920, the first appearance of the story, "The Doom That Came to Sarnath," retroactively considered the first Cthulhu Mythos story.? The Wolverine: A Free-Lance Journal --November 1921, the first appearance of "The Nameless City," which is the first "official" Cthulhu Mythos story and the first appearance of his character Abdul Alhazred, author of the fictional book, the Necronomicon.? The Vagrant -- March 1922, the first appearance in print of "The Tomb," his first fully realized fictional story, written in 1917.? Toledo Amateur -- November 1920, which includes, laid in, a rare typescript copy of a review that was apparently produced by Lovecraft himself and sent to others.? National Tribute for August 1921, recounts the event of an amateur press gathering in Boston, which prints a photo of Lovecraft and another of his future wife, Sonia Greene, whom he met there.? HPL, a rare tribute booklet sent to 25 subscribers of the Amateur Correspondent as a memorium immediately following Love Less
Price: 65000.00 USD