by Lin Carter
Dust jacket by Tim Kirk
Limited Edition Hardcover - $50.00
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Arkham House, 1975; 72 pp.; limited to 3,152 copies. First Edition.
The book was Carter's only book published by Arkham House. The Sonnet Cycle, "Dreams from R'lyeh", that comprises the first two-thirds of the book, consists of poems inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. The Sonnet Cycle portion of this volume has also been reprinted in Robert M. Price (ed). The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction of Lin Carter (Chaosium, 1997).
Unlike Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth, the sonnets of which do not tell a continuous story, Dreams from R'lyeh from start to finish clearly narrates the story of Wilbur Nathaniel Hoag, from his childhood to just before his disappearance in late 1944. Mental (and perhaps physical degeneration) are apparent near the last sonnet.
Book is solid and clean; black binding cloth is clean and shiny; boards are unbumped and corners sharp; gilt lettering on spine is bright; pages are clean and bright.
Dust jacket front is clean, bright, unblemished and unchipped; flaps are clean and bright with original price ($5.00) unclipped; rear cover is clean and bright.
Overall, this is a fine copy of the book in a fine dust jacket.