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    Playboy #1 (HMH Publishing, 1953) CGC FN- 5.5 Off-white to white pages. Hugh Hefner's influential magazine started auspiciously with Marilyn Monroe gracing both the cover and the two-page "Sweetheart of the Month" poster, the forerunner of the Playmate of the Month feature that became the magazine's signature. But even with the first issue, there was much more: a Big Band Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey article, "VIP On Sex" by Virgil Partch, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fiction (Sherlock Holmes). Not listed in Overstreet. CGC census 9/19: 18 in 5.5, 82 higher.

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    Lovecraft was quite critical of The Shadow over Innsmouth, writing to August Derleth that the story "has all the defects I deplore-especially in point of style, where hackneyed phrases & rhythms have crept in despite all precautions.... No-I don't intend to offer 'The Shadow over Innsmouth' for publication, for it would stand no chance of acceptance."

    In late 1935, William L. Crawford's Visionary Publishing Company began the process of issuing The Shadow over Innsmouth as a book. The project came to fruition in November 1936 (although the copyright page declares the date of publication as April 1936), but the book had so many typographical errors that Lovecraft insisted on an errata sheet (which was also faulty). Lovecraft was displeased with the production; writing to his correspondent Lee McBride White on Nov 30, 1936, he wrote: "My Shadow over Innsmouth is now out - but as a first cloth-bound book it doesn't awake any enthusiasm in me. Indeed, it is one of the lousiest jobs I've ever seen -- 30 misprints, slovenly format, & loose, slipshod binding. The solitary redeeming feature is the set of Utpatel illustrations -- one of which, on the dust wrapper, saves the appearance of the thing..."



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