"THIS RARE AND TASTY MORSEL": FIRST EDITION OF THE TWELVE TERRORS OF CHRISTMAS, ONE OF ONLY 26 LETTERED COPIES SIGNED BY BOTH EDWARD GOREY AND JOHN UPDIKE AND RESERVED FOR THE AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND PUBLISHER, ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY UPDIKE
(GOREY, Edward) UPDIKE, John. The Twelve Terrors of Christmas. New York: Gotham Book Mart, (1993). 12mo, original brown cloth.
Signed limited first edition, letter S of 26 copies signed by both Edward Gorey and John Updike, with 12 poems by Updike and accompanying illustrations by Gorey, additionally inscribed by Updike, "For Albert Raman with my best wishes this rare and tasty morsel. John Updike 3/26/94." With a check from Raman to Updike endorsed by Updike laid in.
The "Twelve Terrors"—"Santa: The Man," "Santa: The Concept," "Santa's Helpers," "O Tannenbaum," "Tiny Reindeer," "Electrocution," "The Carols," "The Specials," "Fear of Not Giving Enough," "Fear of Not Receiving Enough," "Fear of Returns" and "The Dark"—were first published in The New Yorker in 1992. Issued simultaneously with a limited edition of 100 signed numbered copies, a limited edition of 500 signed copies in wrappers, and a trade edition. This edition of 26 lettered copies was "reserved for author, illustrator, and publisher." Toledano B80b. Laid into this copy is a check from the recipient to Updike for the book that has been endorsed by Updike and a copy of a letter from the recipient to Updike thanking him for the book and the inscription.