n.p. The Fantod Press, 1990. First and Limited Edition. Wraps. First printing, no. 47 of 500 copies, oblong 64mo size,  pp., signed by Edward Gorey. Fine. Item #20050504
Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), whose distinctive style is evocative of a mystical, gothic Victorian era, is well known both for his "Masterpiece Theatre" illustrated opening sequence as well as for his poisonously funny picture books which are complex, humorous, serious, and provocative.
This charming book see-saws on "doings upon the settee", opening with: "If thou wert mine, we should recline / Upon a silk settee..." Although the cover art depicts the letters "Q.R.V." on the cushions of the settee, this item should not be confused with Gorey's "Q.R.V." (Toledano A96). What does Q.R.V. mean? According to the web site of the Edward Gorey Trust, "Edward explained that Q.R.V. means nothing but cures everything."
___DESCRIPTION: Cardstock wraps with a stapled binding, Gorey illustration on the front wrap with the pillows of the sofa adorned with the letters "Q.R.V.", title page with a decorative border, short verses on the left (verso pages) and corresponding Gorey illustrations on the facing right-hand page (recto pages), this the limited first edition, first printing, numbered and signed by Edward Gorey at the colophon; oblong 64mo size (3.5" by 6"),  pp.
___CONDITION: Fine overall; the covers clean and without wear, the corners sharp and straight, the stapled binding strong, the interior bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; one page with a small speck of soil (in the margin), the rest of the pages clean; a lovely copy.
___CITATION: Toledano A99.
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