New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1973. Gorey, Edward. 1st and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 86 of 100 copies, duodecimo size, 54 pp., signed by Edward Gorey. Fine. Item #16113190
Only the inimitable Edward Gorey (1925-2000), noted for his eerie and wonderful illustrations, could so successfully publish a book with a single, small illustration on the front cover, telling a story in the form of theatre - the fact that it works so well speaks to his genius. This is one of the few stories told by Gorey in prose instead of in pictures, with stage directions and screen shots told as part of the story - it ends "Slow motion. The Black Doll falls through the air. The camera follows it down, but it vanishes below frame. The words THE END appear against the empty air".
___DESCRIPTION: Black paper over boards, white paper label on the front of the jacket with Gorey's illustration of the Black Doll, First Printing stated on copyright page, colophon page with Mr. Gorey's signature and the number of this volume, being 86 of 100 numbered copies (plus 26 lettered copies not for sale), publisher's device on the verso of the colophon page; duodecimo size (approximately 7" tall), pagination: (1)-52, colophon (53), blank with publisher's device (54). Enclosed in a publisher's slipcase covered in matching plain black paper.
___CONDITION: Fine, the binding is clean, the corners perfectly straight, hinges solid, the pages are clean and bright, and it is free of prior owner markings; it is clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is fine other than a bare hint of sunning to one side; strong, sturdy, with absolutely no wear.
___CITATION: Toledano A49b.
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