Inscribed: ‘for my favorite editor’

Lovecraft. A Biography.

New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1975.

Price: $300.00

About the item

First edition. Illustrated. 510 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed: ‘for my favorite editor’. Original black cloth-backed rose boards, Fine copy in near fine dust jacket (advance price clipped, faintest toning. Advertising circular loosely inserted. Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. Currey p. 136.

Item #352342

Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf, “For my favorite editor, Judy Lynn Del Rey, from L. Sprague de Camp”

Presentation copy of this pioneering biography, by a prolific author who was unsympathetic if not actively hostile to his subject. De Camp notably discussed the “questionable” nature of August Derleth’s assertions of control of the Lovecraft copyrights. The fine working title, Eldritch Yankee Gentleman, was nixed by the publisher. Inscribed to editor Judy-Lynn del Rey (1943-1986), editor at Ballantine Books and then editor-in-chief of the Del Rey Books imprint at Random House. “At the time of her death, she had become the dominant figure in US sf and fantasy publishing” (SFE). A number of de Camp’s books were published by Ballantine and Del Rey (including the paperback edition of this biography).
An important book in Lovecraft’s posthumous career and a nice association.