RARE 1895 1ST EDITION KING IN YELLOW HORROR CLASSIC NR

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  • Sold Date: Jul 26, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House

RARE 1895 1ST EDITION KING IN YELLOW HORROR CLASSIC NR
Description:

The King in Yellow is a collection of short stories written by Robert W. Chambers and published in 1895. The stories could be categorized as early horror fiction or Victorian Gothic fiction, but the work also touches on mythology, fantasy, mystery, science fiction and romance. H.P. Lovecraft read The King in Yellow in early 1927 and included passing references to various things and places from the book — such as the Lake of Hali and the Yellow Sign — in “The Whisperer in Darkness” (1931), one of his seminal Cthulhu Mythos stories. Lovecraft borrowed Chambers' method of only vaguely referring to supernatural events, entities, and places, tby allowing his readers to imagine the horror for themselves. The fictional play The King in Yellow effectively became another piece of occult literature in the Cthulhu Mythos alongside the Necronomicon and others.

ON AUCTION is a great copy of the 1895 first edition of The King in Yellow, as published by F. Tennyson Neely, Chicago and New York, with the 1895 date on the title page. T are several states of the 1895 first edition. This is a slightly later one, as the salamander does not appear on the front board, and t is a frontispiece of Chambers, which wasn't in the first state.

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