The Shadow over Innsmouth. Everett, Pa.: Visionary Publishing, 1936
In 8s (6 3/4 x 5 in.; 172 x 127 mm). 4 illustrations by Frank A. Utpatel. Publisher's black cloth with silver-gilt lettering; minimal wear to spine. Pictorial dust jacket (Currey's variant 2); worn, tears at head of spine and at corners.
First edition, an important presentation copy, inscribed by Lovecraft, "To Saml. E. Loveman, Esq., with ye sincere esteem & unaffected compliments of H. P. Lovecraft — who, tho' responsible for ye bad writing, can scarce be held accountable for ye wretched printing & binding. Jany 1937" This copy also contains corrections in Lovecraft's hand. According to Joshi, "several copies examined contain Lovecraft's own pencilled corrections of the numerous printing errors." An errata slip was later printed and circulated.
Publisher William L. Crawford claimed 400 copies of the book were printed, 200 of them bound and the remainder later destroyed. The book was originally issued without a dust jacket. When the jacket was eventually printed, it was sent to most who had purchased it earlier.
The Shadow over Innsmouth is, as Joshi and Schultz put it, "a cautionary tale on the ill effects of miscegenation, or the sexual union of different races" (An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia). Olmstead, the young antiquarian narrator of the novel, visits the New England town of Innsmouth, where the citizens have repulsive deformities or features. The people are shunned by those in neighboring villages, who make reference to a distinctive "Innsmouth look". The narrator's character and frugal habits mirror the author's own style as traveller.
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