New York: Young Scott Books, 1968. Gorey, Edward. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, oblong sixmo,  pp., signed by Edward Gorey. Fine / near fine. Item #21032123
Edward Lear (1812-1888), although being an artist and illustrator himself, is remembered mostlhy today for his nonsensical works, particularly his limericks. One of the most recognizable of these is "The Owl and the Pussycat", who "dined on mince and slices of quince, [w]hich they ate with a runcible spoon..."
"The Jumblies" was the first poem in Lear's "Book of Nonsense", published in 1846. Per the dust jacket flap, Edward Gorey decided to illustrate this poem because it "was taught to me by my grandfather when I was four or five, and it has always been one of my favourites..."
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. Gorey dedicated the book "for Foss", Lear's cat who "died in 1886 and was buried with some ceremony in a garden at Villa Tennyson" (n.b., quote from Wiki).
___DESCRIPTION: In a reinforced (library) binding of tan cloth over boards, Gorey illustration in black and white on the front board with decorative lettering, black lettering on the spine, illustrated title page with Gorey's signature above his printed name through which he drew a line, per usual, each stanze of the poem printed on the versos (left-hand side) with Gorey's corresponding illustration on the opposite page (recto of the following page); oblong sixmo (6 1/8" tall and 9 1/8" wide), unpaginated with 24 leaves (including free endpapers). The dust jacket shows the original price of $2.95, mirrors the book on the panels and spine, front flap a short summary by the publisher, back flap with four Gorey characters.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; perhaps a light speck or two on the light binding, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket could be deemed fine, it is complete, clean, and almost without wear; a touch or two of scattered light spots and a hint of sunning to the spine. Overall a remarkable example.
___CITATION: Toledano B 38a.
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