First edition of The Mask of Cthulhu by August Derleth.
Small octavo, , 201pp. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine. No additional printings listed. Solid text block, faint toning to endpapers, small bump along fore edge of text block, a touch of wear to spine, a near fine example. In publisher’s dust jacket, $3.50 retail price on front flap, faint toning to edges, small chips to spine and rear cover, a near fine example. One of 2,000 copies. (Currey, page 148)
August Derleth (1909-1971) wrote in a variety of genres, including mystery, horror, science fiction, historical fiction, biography, and poetry. Derleth is best known as one of the founders of Arkham House publishing, which was the first publisher of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.