A. Merritt THE SHIP OF ISHTAR First Ed DJ 1926 R.H. BARLOW'S COPY Lovecraft

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A. Merritt THE SHIP OF ISHTAR First Ed DJ 1926 R.H. BARLOW'S COPY Lovecraft

MERRITT, A [Abraham]; BARLOW, Robert H.

THE SHIP OF ISHTAR. Association copy.

New York: G.P. Putnams Sons. 1926.

First edition. Octavo, original red-brown cloth titled in orange, top edge not stained (Currey Binding A). 326 pp. Formerly, Robert H. Barlow's copy, with a one-page TLS from Merritt to Barlow tipped onto the verso of the dedication leaf. On stationary from 'The American Weekly', dated January 23rd, 1933, addressed to Mr. R.H. Barlow, Box 88, De Land, Florida. Merritt writes: "Dear Mr. Barlow: - I would be very glad to sign copies of my three latest books and I am also very glad that you, as you apparently do, like them. If you want to mail the books all right, but if you prefer it, I will mail you three separate autographs which you could paste in. Please let me know. Sincerely yours, A. Merritt". Apparently, the signature on the letter was good enough. Robert H. Barlow (1918-1951) was a correspondent and friend of H.P. Lovecraft, they collaborated on six stories together. Merritt contributed to the round-robin story 'The Challenge From beyond' with Lovecraft, and HPL considered him to be a major influence on his writing. In a letter to Barlow dated Jan 13th, 1934, HPL wrote: "I was extremely glad to meet Merritt
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