Donald Wandrei - An Extensive Archive of Holograph Manuscripts, Typescripts and Ephemera.


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An extensive archive of holograph manuscripts, typescripts and ephemera by writer and Arkham House co-founder Donald Wandrei. The full outline is listed below but the highlights include the original holograph manuscripts for Colossus and Colossus Eternal, including the artwork for publication. The archive, including holograph ms and artwork for The Red Brain, his second published work, including the Weird Tales letters, and the working Typescript, with contract for Strange Harvest. An excellent collection, and the most extensive to come to market in the last few years. Note: original ms doesn't imply first draft or sole draft. 

Comprising: 

[1] COLOSSUS ORIGINAL MS. Complete. 39pp, holograph, rectos. Revised. 

[2] COLOSSUS ETERNAL ORIGINAL MS. Complete. 39pp, holograph, rectos. Revised. 

[3] COLOSSUS TYPESCRIPT. 9pp + 111pp, mostly typed, some photocopied from publications, rectos. 

[4] ARKHAM HOUSE CONTRACT FOR COLOSSUS. Long folded sheet, signed by Wandrei and Derleth 

[5] ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF A SPIRAL GALAXY WITH A SPACESHIP. Unidentified. 176x265mm on 350x315mm mount, with some publication guides 

[6] ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF A COLOSSAL HEAD. Unidentified. 176x277mm on 350x400mm mount, with some publication guides 

[7] STRANGE HARVEST WORKING TYPESCRIPT. 280pp total. A fix-up proof of sorts comprising typed pages, printed stories extracted from publications. 

[8] ARKHAM HOUSE CONTRACT FOR STRANGE HARVEST. Long folded sheet, signed by Wandrei and Derleth 

[9] BLACK FOG ORIGINAL MS. Unfinished draft, 3 double-sided leaves. holograph. 

[10] SPAWN OF THE SEA ORIGINAL MS. 9pp, single-sided folded letter paper. holograph. Seemingly missing the start? 

[11] THE TREE-MEN OF M'BWA ORIGINAL MS. 11pp, single-sided folded letter paper. holograph. 

[12] A TRIP TO INFINITY PARTIAL MS. 2pp. single-sided folded letter paper. holograph. 

[13] UNEASY LIE THE DROWNED ORIGINAL MS. 3pp. Partial? Letter paper, holograph. 

[14] THE RED BRAIN COMPLETE WEIRD TALES MS. One of the earliest manuscripts from Wandrei written when he was a student. 

    Comprising 

    [A]  Original Hugh Rankin Illustration. 160mm x 160mm on 235mm x 210mm board. 

    [B]  In the Hundred Billionth Aeon original holograph ms. 16pp single-sided, note paper. 

    [C]  3x TLS to DW from Farnsworth Wright on Weird Tales letterhead paper. Including acceptance of The Red Brain in 1927, and several other rejections. 

    [D]  Red Brain draft, 9pp holograph on notepaper - worn and fragile

[15] THE BRIDE ORIGINAL MS. Draft, holograph. 7pp, single-sided letter paper. 

[16] MAN HUNT ORIGINAL MS. Holograph, 9pp, single-sided letter paper, with 15pp typescript of the same, having numerous amendments. 

[17] OUT OF THIS WORLD TYPESCRIPT. c54pp, typed with amendments. One diagram in pencil. 

[18] I WON'T BE BACK TYPESCRIPT. Subtitled: A three act play written by Douglas Wood Gibson and Donald Wandrei. 194pp with many corrections by DW, some full-page holographs. With 159pp carbon of the same, later draft. 

[19] FAREWELL TO EARTH ORIGINAL MS. Holograph, 25 sides. With a typescript of the same. Fair copy carbon. 34pp. 

[20] THE MAN WHO NEVER LIVED ORIGINAL MS. Holograph, 11pp. 

[21] THE PAINTED MIRROR ORIGINAL MS. 5pp holograph and typed 

[22] THE LADY IN GREY ORIGINAL MS. 5pp holograph. 

[23] THE EYE AND THE FINGER ORIGINAL MS. 5pp holograph, with typescript of the same. 

[24] THE BLINDING SHADOWS ORIGINAL MS. 16pp holograph, with typescript of the same 

[25] THE PURSUERS ORIGINAL MS. 9pp, holograph notepad paper (torn from the pad at the perforated edge). To the reverse of the eighth sheet, there are three signatures, each different. Donald was clearly refining his signature here, a lovely detail. The Pursuers was published as The Red Brain in Weird Tales, but was published under this title earlier in 1926. 

[26] THE CHUCKLER IN THE TOMB ORIGINAL MS. 2pp holograph. Inspired by HPL's The Statement of Rudolph Carter. 

[27] SOMETHING FROM ABOVE ORIGINAL MS. 

    Comprising 

    [A]  Three typed letters from Farnsworth Wright dated 1930, firstly rejecting the story, then accepting it, and finally discussing novelisation of the tale. 

    [B]  19pp typed ms, rectos 

    [C]  Two carbon typescripts of the same, but likely earlier 

[28] A FRAGMENT OF A DREAM ORIGINAL MS. 5pp holograph, with 3pp additional 

[29] BIOGRAFFITTI ORIGINAL MS. 1pp holograph with 1pp typed and another 1pp typed and corrected. For use in Wandrei's newsletter 

[30] CATECHISM TYPED MS. 2pp rectos, letter paper 

[31] BRIDE IN FLIGHT DRAFT MS. 22pp typed with corrections 

[32] CORPSE ON THE CAMPUS TYPED MS. 16pp typed, with many holograph corrections 

[33] THE WEB OF EASTER ISLAND FRAGMENTS ARCHIVE. The grouping here is based on how they've come out of the box, seemingly some comparison to the published text has been undertaken. 

    Comprising 

    [A]  TLS from Farnsworth Wright on Weird Tales headed paper, with envelope, rejecting Dead Titans, Wake. (aka Web of Easter Island). Dated 1934, two years after DW wrote it 

    [B]  Holograph fragment, 1pp with an examination sheet to reverse 

    [C]  8pp holograph fragment, mostly on folded letter paper 

    [D]  15pp holograph fragment, folded paper 

    [E]  37pp holograph fragment on folded letter paper 

    [F]  4pp fragment, mixed holograph and typed. 

[34] SOLOMON ISLANDS TYPESCRIPT. Ribbon copy, 2pp. 

[35] THE SHOW-DOWN TYPESCRIPT. 51pp. Typed carbon manuscript. An Original Story for the Screen, by Henry Barsha and Donald Wandrei. Later titled On Top of the World. With 2x 18pp fragments of the same. 

[36] THE SHOW-DOWN TYPESCRIPT. 130pp. Typed carbon manuscript. Incomplete. 

[37] ON TOP OF THE WORLD TYPESCRIPT. Authored with Henry Barsha. 18pp typed manuscript with 2pp typed carbon and 11pp typed carbon. 

[38] EROTICA MANUSCRIPT. 3pp holograph, the story of a woman and a 15-foot long anaconda, apparently. 

[39] MIDSUMMER KNIGHT TYPESCRIPT. 10pp typed, rectos. Incompled (pp1-9, 18). 

[40] ADVANCE NOTICE MANUSCRIPTS. 12pp holograph, on letter paper, with 7pp, 4pp and 3pp typescripts, each with holograph amendments 

[41] FINALITY UNLIMITED TYPESCRIPT. 34pp, rectos, typed. Incomplete. 

[42] FINALITY UNLIMITED TYPESCRIPT. 50pp, rectos, typed. Published in Astounding in September 1936 

[43] THE DRIVER TYPESCRIPT. Subtitled, An Episode from a Novel. 7pp, typed with comment in an unidentified hand. 

[44] RED SNOW TYPESCRIPT. 35pp, fair copy, carbon. Published in Weird Tales in 1930 

[45] GAME OF LEGS ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT. 10pp holograph 

[46] KNIGHT ERRANT ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT. 21pp, letter paper, folded, holograph. With 21pp typescript. 

[47] THE MONSTER FROM NOWHERE TYPESCRIPT. 37pp, typed, fair copy carbon. 

[48] PASSENGER ABROAD TYPESCRIPT. 35pp, typed with some holograph corrections. Letter paper, ribbon copy. 

[49] TIME TO LIVE TYPESCRIPT. 79pp, typed carbon ms. Amendment in holograph 

[50] ONE WAY TO GET THERE MANUSCRIPTS. 

    Four typescripts 

    [A]  66pp partial typed ms 

    [B]  127pp typed ms 

    [C]  135pp typed ms with carbon 

    [D]  108pp typed ms, brad bound 

    [E]  3x Contracts for the same 

[51] MISC holograph MANUSCRIPTS. c50 sides. Various: holograph on letter, typed, holograph on a napkin, holograph on a brown paper bag! 

[52] LOVE TO MURDER TYPESCRIPT. Bradbound, in paper wrappers. 146pp rectos. Subtitled A Drama in Three Acts. Agency copy. 

[53] COLOSSUS ETERNAL LEAVES. Colossus Eternal Carbon Typescript leaves omitted from ????. 9pp, rectos, loose. 

[54] WEIRD TALES ENVELOPES x 4. Addressed to DW, each empty. 

[55] VARIOUS TLS. 

    Comprising 

    [A]  1pp form letter with envelope, signed, to Stuart Schiff re. a spurious publication 

    [B]  2pp TLS to the same, with envelope 

    [C]  1pp MS to the same titled Epitaphs: Shakespeare and Lovecraft in their Own Words (by Derleth), signed with envelope 

    [D]  TLS to Dirk Mosig, signed and with the envelope. A poem Discharge of the Blight Brigade. 

    [E]  2pp TLS to Schiff regarding a payment etc. from Ackerman. 

    [F]  1pp letter/ms to Schiff, with envelope, signed. Titled 100 Books by August Derleth 

    [G]  4pp letter/ms to Schiff: Promotion of literary agent Kirby McCauley's Third World Fantasy Convention - Wilson's Bust 

    [H]  1pp TLS/ms to Dirk Mosig comprising two poems 

[56] SEVERAL SHEETS OF LETTERHEAD PAPER. From the College Poetry Society of America, with DW listed, about as ephemeral as it gets. 

[57] ASTOUNDING STORIES. Jan 1934 issue containing Colossus (two copies); Dec 1934 issue containing Colossus Eternal; Sept 1936 issue containing Finality Unlimited 

[58] DOCUMENT COLLECTION. A quantity of material, some typed letters, many photocopied pieces. 

[59] MISC MSS SHEETS. c22pp, mixed holograph and typed. Unidentified. 

[60] MISC FRAGMENTS. c40pp, mixed holograph and typed. Unidentified. 

[61] THE MONK, THE MONK AND THE MONK: AN UNKIND APPRECIATION OF MATTHEW GREGORY LEWIS. Galley proof with corrections and typescript for the notes section. 

[62] AN EPITAPH IN JUPITER, 1pp typescript, some corrections 

[63] MISC HOLOGRAPH MATERIAL [11126, Hyraxia Books] .


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