While scrolling through the internet in search of new and/or interesting Hodgson tidbits, I stumbled across this picture today:
Now, what makes this picture curious is two things: these are supposedly the copies of WHH volumes owned by author Dennis Wheatley (who did some writing about Hodgson himself) AND these are reported to be first editions. Now, I have never seen a Hodgson first edition myself. But what I find curious is the fact that the spines of these books all read “The Works of William Hope Hodgson” with volumes one to nine. That would include the four novels, CARNACKI, LUCK OF THE STRONG, MEN OF THE DEEP WATERS, CAPTAIN GAULT and possibly a volume of poetry.
What I don’t understand is the label of “The Works of William Hope Hodgson”. So far as I am aware, the first editions were not labeled as such and the only other set to bear any name like that is the Night Shade editions of recent years. SO, where did this come from? Were these possibly first editions that were rebound with the different spines? Anyone have any light to shed on this bibliographic curiosity?
For those interested, here is a link to the page that the above photo comes from:
In any event, it is truly a set worth owning!