n.p. The Fantod Press, 1997. Gorey, Edward. First and Limited Edition. Wraps. No. 565 of 776 copies, twenty-fourmo size, 32 pp., signed by Edward Gorey at the colophon. Fine. Item #19092046
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 Just Dessert" was the first book written and illustrated by Gorey after "The Unknown Vegetable"; in between the two his works were illustrated "with clip art and were published in postcard or poster format".
" 'The Just Dessert' marks a decided turn in Mr. Gorey's signature drawing style. The illustrations are simpler and less refined, and this look will become his drawing style from this point forward. The simplification of his drawing style can be related to both Mr. Gorey's age and also to his increasing interest in theater work. During this time, much of his time and interest was on his theatrical endeavors. The characters in The Just Dessert strongly resemble Mr. Gorey's hand made puppets, and the format of the drawings for this book look like a puppet stage" (n.b., above quotes from the web site of the Goreyana Blogspot).
While an "alphabet" book, it is decidedly a "thoughtful" one....the story unfolds with each successive word beginning with the next letter of the alphabet (with one or two minor liberties); it opens with "Apologize....Bewail complications".... and closes with "Zabaglione". Truly, only Gorey could tell a story in this manner, with characters and plot.
___DESCRIPTION: Stapled binding in illustrated black over grey cardstock wraps, the story unfolds with a word (or a few words) of text beneath the corresponding Gorey monochrome illustrations on the rectos, the versos blank, colophon printed on the final page of text with the limitation number of "565" written by Gorey with his signature below; twenty-fourmo size (5" tall by 4 7/8" wide), unpaginated with sixteen leaves (thirty-two pages).
___CONDITION: Fine; the wraps are clean and without edgewear, the stapled binding is strong, the staples have not rusted, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new.
___CITATION: (Not in Toledano, which was published in 1996, a year prior to this work.)
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