London: Constable, (1961). Gorey, Edward. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing of the first UK edition, sixmo size, 60 pp., signed by Edward Gorey. Near fine. Item #19092043
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, "The Gorey Alphabet", is the first printing of the British edition of "The Fatal Lozenge" (same book with a different title). While "Lozenge" was first published as a paperback the year prior (in 1960), this British version was published as a hardbound book (which was issued without a dust jacket) for which Gorey provided two original illustrations for the front and back covers; therefore, the boards differ from the "Lozenge" wraps.
"Lozenge" / "Gorey Alphabet" was Edward Gorey's first published alphabet book. "Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a character which appears in a four line poem (Apparition, Baby, Cad, Drudge, etc.), each poem being accompanied by a single illustration. Apart from being in alphabetical order, the individual poems do not relate to each other, but rather each turn of the page reveals a new personage who is involved in some sordid activity or misfortune" (n.b., from the web site of the Goreyana Blogspot). As with most of Gorey's work, one winces a bit at the macabre story but cannot stop also laughing, nor can one stop reading....
___DESCRIPTION: Illustrated paper-covered boards, two original illustrations by Gorey on the front and back in three colours, black lettering on the front and spine, this volume signed by Gorey on the title page in his usual manner (underneath his printed name which has been crossed through), each page printed on the recto only with a four-line poem beneath the Gorey monochrome illustration; sixmo size (5.75" by 4.5"), unpaginated with thirty leaves (60 pages). As issued, without a dust jacket.
___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal 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, a hint of sunning to the spine, and the aforementioned light rubbing to the corners, else fine.
___CITATION: Toledano A6c.
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