Tuesday, September 20, 2005

New Lovecraft Limited Edition

News of the latest from Heavenly Monkey, courtesy of an e-mail from Rollin Milroy:

Heavenly Monkey's new edition of H.P. Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth will be launched at the upcoming Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair (October 8-9). The book, issued in two states, was developed from HM's digitally-printed edition of ten copies issued in 2002. The 60,000-word story was set in Centaur and Arrighi, and printed in from polymer plates by David Clifford at Black Stone Press. The book features the Hieronymus Bosch-inspired wood engravings created by Shinsuke Minegishi for the 2002 project (frontis shown below).
Lovecraft was primarily an author of short stories published in pulp magazines during the 1920s and '30s. Innsmouth is one of just a few novellas he wrote, and the only book published during his lifetime. It was a poorly produced hardcover of about 400 copies, of which fewer than half were sold. Except for the handful of austere (yet beautiful) chapbooks published by Roy Squires, Lovecraft's stories have remained the realm of small, genre publishers and cheap paperbacks since his death in 1937. Recent years have, however, seen a growing critical re-evaluation of his work, including a new collection of stories issued as part of the Library of America series earlier this year.
The two issues of the book (small octavo, 150 pp) take their names from Lovecraft's description of Innsmouth's inhabitants' odd countenance.
The Batrachian issue (125 copies with the imprint Heavenly Monkey Editions) was printed on Mohawk Superfine, with the engravings reproduced from polymer as chapter openings. These copies are hand-sewn and cased in gilt-stamped cloth. C$200
The Ichthyic issue (25 copies with the imprint Heavenly Monkey) was printed on Nideggen and features proofs of the six engravings printed at HM on gampi and sewn in as overlays to the chapter openings. These copies have been signed by the artist, and are hand-bound at the studio in a printed wrap inside a translucent limp case made from Reg Lissel's vellum paper. By advance arrangement with subscribers, five of these copies had the proofs hand-colored by the artist. Issued at C$600, this issue is fully subscribed (copies can be had from our regular dealers).
Further details can be seen at http://www.heavenlymonkey.com/upcoming.htm. Copies of both issues, including two colored copies, will be on display in Seattle at the booths of Wessel & Lieberman and Vamp & Tramp. This is the third book issued by HM in 2005. It follows a monograph by Charles van Sandwyk on several bookplates he created for a private collector in the 1990s (The Mouse & The Lizard, edition of 12 copies), and a newly discovered letter from T.E. Lawrence to a correspondent in British Columbia (An Invitation to British Columbia, edition of 50 copies), both of which were out of print upon publication.