A Little Lovecraft Postcard

Here’s one of the many interesting H.P. Lovecraft items that will be in the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

This is a postcard from Lovecraft to one of his regular correspondents, his friend Alfred Galpin, Jr., postmarked October 9, 1922. As was customary with his correspondence with Galpin, HPL referred to himself as “grandpa” and signed himself with made up names, often Theobaldus. HPL’s “Polaris” first appeared in the December 1920 issue of Galpin’s amateur press periodical, “The Philosopher.” A few months prior to the date of this postcard, during late July or early August 1922, Galpin introduced HPL to the fiction of Clark Ashton Smith, giving him a copy of Smith’s “The Star-Treader and Other Poems.” In the 1930’s, Galpin attended the Sorbonne in Paris and became a classical music composer. In 1937, following HPL’s passing, Galpin wrote a piano solo, “Lament for H.P.L.”, the score of which was included in Arkham House’s HPL book, “Marginalia.” According to “An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia” by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, most of HPL’s correspondence to Galpin has either been lost or destroyed.

The catalog and all images will be available on our website (www.windycitypulpandpaper.com) in mid-March, and we’ll also have instructions there for how you can place absentee bids if you can’t make it to the show. It won’t be a live bidding option, though, so not as good as if you can attend.