New York / Boston: Duell, Sloan and Pearce / Little, Brown and Company, (1954). Gorey, Edward. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing of Gorey's second book, duodecimo size, 64 pp., signed by Edward Gorey. Near fine / near fine. Item #19092036
In "The Listing Attic", Gorey's second book, we are treated to a compendium of sixty limericks with illustrations which vary vastly in style, but each complements the text exactly. We can spot the beginnings of several characters who were later to have their own books - for example, "The Black Doll" clearly paces the top of a brick wall on the final page, with its limerick below - in "what the unwary may take to be French" (per the DJ flap).
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. While he would in time develop a signature style, in "The Listing Attic" he seems to be "searching for an overall look for his work and wants to see what all the various styles he works in will look like when printed...this slightly muddled approach adds to the charm of 'The Listing Attic', giving each limerick an individual personality which prevents them from all running together visually" (n.b., quote from the web site of the Goreyana blogspot).
As noted on the blogspot, finding a copy of "The Listing Attic" in collectable condition can be more difficult than with Gorey's first book, "The Unstrung Harp": this is due to the fact that the pictorial boards and dust jacket are printed in dark colours which readily show every slight bit of wear. And, as with "The Unstrung Harp", finding "The Listing Attic" not only in collectable condition but also signed by Gorey can at times be challenging.
___DESCRIPTION: Pictorial paper-covered boards, the illustration on the back "a self-portrait" (per the DJ flap), the illustrations on both panels in three colours, black lettering on both boards and spine, green endpapers, signed by Edward Gorey on the title page in his usual style (beneath his printed name which has been crossed through), "First Edition" stated on title page (matches the first issue points in Toledano), illustrated title page, each page with an illustration above the limerick, five of the limericks written "in what the unwary may take to be French"; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5"), unpaginated with 32 leaves (64 pages). In the original dust jacket with the Gorey illustrations as on the boards, the front flap with a summary of the book and showing the original price of $2.00, the back flap with a short bio of the author.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minute amounts of rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and a speck or two of wear to the edges of the boards, else fine. The dust jacket is also near fine, unclipped, with a minute amount of edgewear and two extremely short closed tears (one approximately one-quarter inch the other barely an eighth-inch). Overall a near fine copy of Gorey's second book, somewhat scarce in marketplace, particularly when signed.
___CITATION: Toledano A2a.
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