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H.P. Lovecraft Collection
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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
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Bookseller: J.J. Heckenhauer e.K .
St. Petersburg, 2007. Auflage 5 +1 . 70 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Abzug, Handabzug, Preis pro Motiv. Gut, Handabzug auf Barytpapier, manchmal wie bei... More
St. Petersburg, 2007. Auflage 5 +1 . 70 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Abzug, Handabzug, Preis pro Motiv. Gut, Handabzug auf Barytpapier, manchmal wie bei diesen Formaten möglich, kleinere Unebenheiten am Papierrand Naday Kuznetsova , 1960 in Dnepropetrovsk geboren, 1986-1991. Diplomstudiengang Grafikdesign an der Staatlichen Akademie V. N. Mukhina (Fakultät für Grafik und Buchkunst), St. Petersburg (RU), 1993-2003 Dozentin an der Staatlichen Akademie V. N. Mukhina, St. Petersburg (RU), seit 2000 Mitglied der Russischen Künstlervereinigung. Lebt und arbeitet als freischaffende Künstlerin in St. Petersburg (RU). Die Serie "Innocent Things" reflektiert sowohl Kuznetsovas romantische Einstellung zur Fotografie, die in der Petersburger Tradition steht, als auch den starken Einfluss ihres Grafikdesign-Studiums an der Muchina Kunsthochschule in St. Petersburg. Die Fotografien erscheinen dem Betrachter zunächst wie feine Zeichnungen. Erst nach genauer Untersuchung wird die fotografische Natur der Bilder sichtbar. Es ist genau dieser Moment des Bewusstwerdens der Genreverschmelzung, der in solch delikater Art ausgeführt ist, der eine gewisse Faszination mit Kuznetsovas Werk bewirkt. Der Betrachter wird in das romantische Universum der Künstlerin gezogen, wobei ihm gleichzeitig der Produktionsvorgang verborgen bleibt. Die Faszination wächst umso mehr, wenn man den Produktionsvorgang erfährt: eine sehr traditionelle Art Raster herzustellen, die dann während der Belichtung auf das Fotopapier gelegt werden. Heutzutage ist solch eine einfache aber visuell sehr schöne Methode in der sonst eher farbenfrohen, manchmal sogar aggressiven, Fotografie nicht häufig. Gerade deshalb berührt Kuznetsovas Werk den modernen Betrachter so sehr und schafft gleichzeitig eine Atmosphäre, die in der Auseinandersetzung mit zeitgenössischer Fotografie sehr selten anzutreffen ist. 1960 born in Dnepropetrovsk (RU), 1986-1991 Graphic Design at the State Industrial Academy V.N. Mukhina (Faculty of Graphics and Print Art), St. Petersburg (RU),1993-2003 lecturer at the State Industrial Academy V.N. Mukhina, St. Petersburg (RU), since 2000 member of the Russian Artist Federation. lives and works as a freelance artist in St. Petersburg (RU). The series "Innocent Things" reveals Kuznetsova's rather romantic attitude towards photography in the St. Petersburg tradition as well as the strong influence of her graphic design studies at the Muchina Art Academy in St. Petersburg. The images seem like very fine drawings in the first moments of contemplation. Only after closer observance he becomes aware of the photographic nature of the pieces. It is exactly that moment, when one realises the blending of the genres, which is executed in such a delicate manner, that evokes a certain fascination with Kuznetsova's oeuvre. The observer is drawn into the artist's dreamy universe while remaining completely ignorant of the technique of production. The fascination grows when one learns about the production process: a very traditional way of creating grid patterns which are then put on the photo paper during the exposure. Nowadays, such a simplistic but visually beautiful approach is very rare in the field of photography. The modern art audience is used to colourful and technologically advanced images that can, at times, even be aggressive. It might be therefore then, that Kuznetsova's work touches the modern observer by creating an atmosphere that is very rarely at hand in the encounter with contemporary photography. Sammlungen / Collections (Auswahl / selection): Non Conformist Art Museum, St. Petersburg (RU) Dostoevsky Museum, St. Petersburg (RU) Galerie Art Collegium, Moskau (RU) UBS AG Moskau (RU) Privatsammlungen in Russland, Schweiz, Deutschland und den USA Bitte fragen Sie uns nach weiteren Motiven bzw. schauen Sie auf unserer website www.heckenhauer.net (Sprache: Deutsch / German) Less
Price: 1580.00 EUR