Photoset reblogged from Special Collections & Archives, University of Iowa with 272 notes
Per request, from aderryhomecompanion, we have photographed the Owlswick Necronomicon printed in 1973 (UI Special Collections holds copy 206 of 348). The Necronomicon is an imaginary work invented by H.P. Lovecraft in the early 1920s and he references the “author”, Abdul Alhazred, and the book throughout his short stories. Eventually, Lovecraft wrote “History of the Necronomicon” which fueled people’s interest in this mysterious book even more causing some to believe it actually existed.
The Owlswick Press produced their interpretation of Necronomicon in Duriac, a fictional language, and L. Sprague de Camp provided an equally fictional anecdote about how he acquired the “original” Necronomicon manuscript from the Iraqi government. De Camp’s narrative includes tales of Iraqi scholars who mysteriously disappeared while trying to translate the manuscript. He warns: “if any reader be so rash as to undertake the translation anew, let me urge that he have a care not to move his lips or mutter as he does so. We have all, I am sure, been annoyed in libraries by people who mumble as they read; but never before has this petty offense been punished by the fates that befell Doctors Babili, ibn-Yahya, and Abdalmajid.”
“Girl with a Kitten”, 1947, Lucian Freud.
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