Arkham House Books

A Collector’s Guide


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About the Book

This reference work covers the supernatural and speculative fiction published by Arkham House Publishers, Inc., of Sauk City, Wisconsin. In 1937, promising Wisconsin writer August Derleth decided to publish a collection of the stories of his recently deceased friend, H. P. Lovecraft. After two years of failed attempts, Derleth and another Lovecraft fan, Donald Wandrei, published the collection themselves under the name of Arkham. In the years that followed, Arkham House published the works of many of the foremost American and British writers of weird fiction, including Basil Copper, Lord Dunsany, Robert E. Howard, and Robert Bloch. Arkham published Ray Bradbury’s first book, Dark Carnival, in 1947.

The work begins with a history of the house and biography of August Derleth; it also includes a chapter on H. P. Lovecraft’s connection to Arkham. The main body of the text consists of chronologically listed descriptions and current values of the more than 230 titles published by Arkham House and its two imprints, Mycroft & Moran and Stanton & Lee. These entries detail editions, reprints, special points, restoration, care, buying and selling, investment, and future trends. Other features include alphabetical indeces of titles and authors, lists of scarcity and value ranking, a list of annual stock lists and catalogs, and a bibliography of reference literature. The book is illustrated throughout with dust jacket reproductions and photographs.

About the Author(s)

The late Leon Nielsen, published writer and retired wildlife biologist, was a seller and appraiser of books. He lived in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Leon Nielsen
Foreword by Barry Abrahams
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 58 photos, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1785-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0322-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Barry Abrahams      1
Preface      3

1. Howard Phillips Lovecraft, August Derleth and Arkham House      7
2. Collecting Arkham House Books      15
3. Buying and Selling Arkham House Books      34
4. Arkham House Bibliography (1939–2003)      45
5. Mycroft & Moran Bibliography (1945–1998)      148
6. Stanton & Lee Bibliography (1945–1970)      158
7. The Thirty-five Most Valuable Arkham House Books      169
8. Arkham House Books Ranked by Scarcity      171
9. Arkham House Stock Lists and Catalogs      178
10. A Representative Arkham House Book Collection      180

Reference Bibliography      183
Author Index      185
Title Index      191

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “up-to-date, comprehensive, and easy-to-use…plainly of interest to any collectors or dealers of Arkham House books and of books in the science-fiction and supernatural/fantasy genres”—Midwest Book Review
  • “a valuable tool”—Critical Mass