New York: Young Scott Books (1969), 1969. Gorey, Edward. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, sixmo size, 48 pp., signed by Edward Gorey. Fine / near fine. Item #21032122
Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) had a distinctive style evocative of a mystical, gothic Victorian era, and his vast body of work includes over one hundred books written by himself, as well as those by many well-known authors such as T. S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, H. G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf (n. b., info from the Edward Gorey House website) - and, of course, this work by Edward Lear.
Gorey's artwork so perfectly complements the nonsensical poetry of Edward Lear (1812-1888) that it amazes one that they lived a century apart. This book, a companion volume to "The Jumblies", it continues the story of the Dong, "a creature who fell in love with a Jumbly girl when the Jumblies landed briefly on the shores of the Chankly Bore" (from dust jacket).
___DESCRIPTION: Pictorial library (reinforced) binding, signed by Gorey on the title page drawing a line through his printed name per usual, the illustrations all in black and white; oblong, almost 6" tall and 9" wide, unpaginated with 24 leaves. The dust jacket mirrors the book's design on both front and back panels, "Reinforced $2.95" on the front flap (first printing points), has a short summary of the book on the front flap, the back flap showing only four Gorey characters.
___CONDITION: Fine overall, with a strong, square text block, the corners straight and unrubbed, solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; a very slight slant to the text block, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket near fine, complete, clean, with a few areas of light wear (mostly to the joints), and a prior bookseller put a pencil line through the printed price.
___CITATION: Toledano B42a.
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