Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Rare Frank Belknap Long Letter surfaces (1973)

The seller states: FRANK BELKNAP LONG TO ROY A. SQUIRES November 6, 1973 Offered here is a three-page typed letter from Arkham House writer and friend of H. P. Lovecraft - Frank Belknap Long to one of his eventual publishers, the noted fine-pressman & bookseller, Roy A. Squires. The letter revolves around a cheque from Squires to Long for copies of his Arkham House books requesting his signature to which FBL responded - "I need to give considerable thought to the inscriptions and box each shipment carefully". FBL also notes his wife's medical instability, "Lyda is not feeling at all well..." . FBL also mentions his working on a manuscript and queries that Squires "...might be interested in bringing out a small, paperbound edition of some twenty or thirty of my quite recent poems. I imagine Arkham House would be interested since Sprague's small, hardcover volume sold out so swiftly. But with the HPL book soon to be published I'm just a little reluctant to even suggest the addition of another FBL title to their mailing list." Squires did indeed later publish a handsome find press signed edition of Long's long poem - "The Marriage of Sir John de Mandeville" in 1976. FBL also comments "I've received some quite extravagant letters re: "The Horror from the Hills'. But I've always felt that book is over-written and dated." And he makes a prideful comment on receiving a very gracious letter from Ray Bradbury. Some nice Arkham House commentary.The letter is signed in ink, "Frank" and the original mailing envelope is also present.

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