"SURREALISTIC AND MACABRE, AMUSING AND SOMBER, NOSTALGIC AND CLAUSTROPHOBIC, POETIC AND POISONED"
GOREY, Edward. Amphigorey Too. (New York): G.P. Putnam's, (1975). Folio, original paper-covered boards, original dust jacket.
First edition of this anthology of 20 Gorey works, signed by him on the title page.
Edmund Wilson described Gorey's work as "surrealistic and macabre, amusing and somber, nostalgic and claustrophobic, poetic and poisoned." Gorey is known for his "distinctive, instantly recognizable style: intricately detailed pen-and-ink drawings capture characters, fur-coated, turtle-necked, or dressed in 1920s or Edwardian garb, frozen in moments of stoicism. Somewhat Gothic and ostensibly grim, these images are usually accompanied by macabre stories of death, dread, and gore or by humorous verses detailing situations of horror" (Silvey, 278). Included in this collection are The Beastly Baby, The Nursery Frieze, The Pious Infant, The Evil Garden, The Inanimate Tragedy, The Gilded Bat, The Iron Tonic, The Osbick Bird, The Chinese Obelisks (bis), The Deranged Cousins, The Eleventh Episode, [The Untitled Book], The Lavender Leotard, The Disrespectful Summons, The Abandoned Sock, The Lost Lions, Story for Sara, The Salt Herring, Leaves from a Mislaid Album and A Limerick. Toledano A58a.
A fine copy.