H. P. LOVECRAFT. The Outsider (1939). First edition.
Lovecraft, H. P. (1890-1937). The Outsider and Others. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1939. First edition. [i]-xiv pages, 3-553  p.; 24 cm. The jacket by Virgil Finlay has a very small chip to the base of the spine panel, which has the remnants of a small old tape reinforcement to the interior. There is some light shelfwear at the head of the spine and the points. In a custom slipcase.
One of the most important publications in the history of the genre. Virtually unknown during his lifetime except to a small group of young admirers, Lovecraft's fame has steadily risen since his untimely death at the age of 46. Today his influence on the modern literary imagination is inestimable, and his praises have been sung by such diverse writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Jorge Luis Borges. He was the first genre writer to have his work collected in the Library of America, and his works have inspired a number of films and countless literary imitations. This book, one of only 1200 copies printed, introduced Lovecraft to his first wider readership, and was hailed instantly as a classic. A superior example of a rare and desirable book.