From the Library of H. P. Lovecraft

Landmarks of New York.

New York: The City History Club, 1923.

Price: $3,750.00


About the item

Folding map, numerous illustrations and maps in text. 261 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. From the Library of H. P. Lovecraft. Original blue cloth. Some soiling. Very good plus. Not in Lovecraft’s Library (2017). Provenance: H.P. Lovecraft (bookplate and ownership inscription “H.P. Lovecraft, / Providence, R.I. / May 1928”).

Item #364993

H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), master of cosmic terror and the intrusion of supernatural forces into the human realm, lived in New York from 1924 to 1926. He missed his native Providence dreadfully during his residence and deplored the bustle and changes occurring in the New York of the roaring twenties, but it was the repulsion of attraction. While living in Brooklyn, Lovecraft wrote or outlined some of his most vivid tales, including The Shunned House, and his influential essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, and met regularly with a circle of friends, the Kalem Club (after the initials of the surnames).
Lovecraft’s fiction often had an antiquarian flavor, and he took care with the geography and setting — real and imagined — of his tales. The Shunned House is a gruesome account of a haunted house in Providence and also a love letter to his native city; “He” (set in Greenwich Village) and “The Horror at Red Hook” (set in Brooklyn) and “Cool Air” all are closely rooted in the history of New York City.
Wilfred B. Talmadge designed a bookplate for his friend Lovecraft in 1927, with the motif of the open doorway and the fanlight window above. This book bears Lovecraft’s ownership signature dated May 1928.
An evocative book from the library of H.P. Lovecraft.