A Record-breaking Price for REH Poetry

Friend of TGR, bookseller Terence McVicker, passed this bit of news on to me:

I’m sure you know that I’ve been selling REH material since the early 1970’s and was one of the first dealers to specialize in Robert E. Howard material. Well, September 13, past, I attended the Jerry Weist Auction of Fantasy & Science Fiction at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. One of the Lots was #31091 – the REH poetry booklets, printed by Roy A. Squires – consisting of The Road to Rome, Black Dawn, The Gold and the Grey, Altars & Jesters: An Opium Dream and Up John Kane! and Other Poems. All matched numbers, #18, housed in a leather-backed tray case of which only 25 were produced. The price, including the 19.5% buyer’s premium, came to $3,585.00. A record high for this set. I just thought you and the REH collectors would like to know this “costly” information.

Roy A. Squires published a number of handcrafted poetry booklets¬†featuring the works of a who’s who of weird writers during the 1960s and 1970s, which are much sought after by collectors the world over. Squires published a total of six booklets featuring Howard poems from 1972 — 1977. With the economy being the way it is these days, looks likes rare books might be a good place to put your money.