Heritage Auctions currently has a nice consignment of first editions on the auction block, mostly detective. But some Lovecraft and science fiction. It was interesting to see, in hi-res form, the Spring 1931 Creeps anthology which included a Lovecraft story. Is it just me, or does the cover face also somewhat resemble Lovecraft on the jaw?

Lovecraft remarked in a letter…

Did I tell you that Little Belknap and his Grandpa [Lovecraft] are both to be represented in the coming weird anthology Creeps by Night edited by Dashiell Hammett and published by the John Day Co.? Sonney’s story will be “A Visitor from Egypt”, and mine will be “The Music of Eric Zann” — a favourite of my own, by the way. We got only twenty-five bucks apiece, but the prestige may be helpful in dealings with editors…

It’s also interesting to get a good look in crisp hi-res at some famous book editions… Animal Farm dressed up like a children’s story rather than a political neutron-bomb, and Asimov’s Foundation trilogy looking like just another standard 1950s space adventure for boys…

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