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Gorey, Edward
The Gorey Alphabet
London: Constable, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Gorey, Edward. First printing of the first UK edition, sixmo size, 60 pp., signed by Edward Gorey. 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 volum … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books [United States]
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