New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1972), 1972. Gorey, Edward. Hardcover. Either first printing or early reprint (no distinguishing marks per Toledano), quarto size, 224 pp. Fine / very good +. Item #16113174
Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) is well-known and well-loved for his poisonously funny picture books which are complex, humorous, serious, and provocative.
This work reproduces fifteen of Gorey's earliest works, each in full. As he stated himself at the beginning of the book: " 'Amphigorey' is made up of books first published between 1953 and 1965. They are now difficult and often expensive to come by: hence this compilation." And now, of course, even his "reprint" is a collectable - such is the magic of Edward Gorey.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full pictorial cloth in yellow, tan, black and red, lettering in red and black on the front board, decorative spine with lettering in red and white, black endpapers, no indication of printing on copyright page (meaning it was one of the first three, or the sixth/seventh printings), the fifteen books reproduced in full (most in black and white, as originally published); quarto size (11.25" by 8 1/8"), unpaginated with 112 leaves (224 pages). In the original publisher's dust jacket with the spine and panels mirroring the book, showing the original price of $12.95 on the front flap with a list of the stories included beneath, one-sentence bio of the author on the rear flap with publisher's address below.
___CONDITION: Fine overall, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a very slight slant to the text block and a few specks of light soil to the top edge of the text block, else fine. The dust jacket better than very good, unclipped, the red on the two panels bright and deep; some sunning to the spine with minor soiling, slight dustiness to both panels, and a few spots of edgewear mostly at the head of the spine where it meets the back panel, with several short closed tears (the longest one-half inch).
___CITATION: Toledano A44b, wherein he states that the "[f]irst three printings are identical as are sixth and seventh" (the fourth and fifth were indicated such, as were the eighth and later); therefore, we cannot state that this is the first printing, but it would be either one of the first three printings or the sixth/seventh.
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