Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Arrivals: Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey, The Helpless Doorknob
20 illustrated cards in a box
Back in print after many years! The possibilities for enjoying Edward Gorey’s The Helpless Doorknob are nearly endless. As Gorey himself explained in the original edition, this shuffle story is “made up of twenty cards which can be read in 2,432,902,069,736,640,000 different ways.” Shuffle and read!

Jan Wahl & Edward Gorey
Cobweb Castle

Beautiful new pressing of this 60s children's book — story by Jan Wahl, wonderfully illustrated by Edward Gorey!
Flemming Flinders, a dapper greengrocer more often engrossed in a book than attuned to his turnips, dreams of adventure, fame, and fortune. When the wide-eyed Mr. Flinders finally sets out with high hopes, he finds himself living one of his fairy tales. But everyone he encounters—the wart-nosed Drukamella, the beautiful young Ingaborg, and the talking crow with his nemesis, Signor Monteverdi—is surely not.
In Cobweb Castle, author Jan Wahl and illustrator Edward Gorey whisk readers along to watch Flemming bumble through the brambles of reality, illustrating the extent our imaginations can take us. Last printed in 1968, this is one of the enigmatic artist’s original works in color. Wahl’s prose keeps readers privy as the adventure becomes more frenetic, but the fantasy ends nearly as it started with a swift bonk on the head. Fleming returns to his shop, dreaming.

Edward Gorey, The Betrayed Confidence Revisited

Edward Gorey (American, 1925–2000) was a prolific artist and author, illustrating more than one hundred published works of his own as well as those of other writers. His erudite wit shines in every story and couplet he published. But as a letter writer, with few exceptions, he engaged in only cursory communication. Perhaps this is why he was such a fan of postcards.
Featuring Edward Gorey’s ever-popular dark humor, The Betrayed Confidence Revisited offers ten of the artist’s postcard series, including Neglected Murderesses, as well as his annual creations promoting National Post Card Week. His two Q.R.V. sets are here, along with Whatever Next?, Alms for Oblivion, Scènes de Ballet, the Dogear Wryde Interpretive Series (reproduced in full color), Menaced Objects, and Tragédies Topiares.
The original edition of The Betrayed Confidence was published in 1992 and is long out of print. This revised edition supplements the contents of that book with three series not previously included, along with an introductory essay by Edward Bradford, the official Edward Gorey bibliographer.
A must for Gorey collectors, The Betrayed Confidence Revisited is also an illuminating collection for discovering the breadth of content explored by Gorey, all tinged with his unmistakable and sometimes-elusive droll perspective.

Peter F Neumeyer & Edward Gorey
Donald and the... and Donald Has a Difficulty
Two Hardcovers in a slipcase 
Two books, Donald and the... and Donald Has a Difficulty, published as a set for the first time. Meet Donald, a little boy who has little adventures that to him are very big indeed. In Donald and the..., Donald finds a crawly creature. His mother lets him keep it in a jar, but soon it disappears. Donald takes to bed with painful ribs. But when he's all better, he looks in the jar and discovers a fine surprise. In Donald Has a Difficulty, when Donald hurts his leg, his mother (as wise as she is kind) knows just what to do. And Donald learns what hurts and what doesn't -- and that surprises him, too. Great bedtime stories! Boxed set of two books.

Florence Parry Heide & Edward Gorey
The Treehorn Trilogy
Three Slipcased Hardcovers

The Treehorn Trilogy contains three well-loved stories chronicling the trials of Treehorn, a young boy with a talent for getting into and out of (and sometimes right back into) unusual situations. "The Shrinking of Treehorn" finds him growing down instead of growing up; in "Treehorn's Treasure," he puts a creative spin on an adage spoken by his father; and a genie adds some befuddlement to the boy's birthday in "Treehorn's Wish." In these tales -- each written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by Edward Gorey -- Treehorn's quandaries are complicated by preoccupied adults, his fickle friend Moshie, and, of course, comic books, coupons, and cereal box tops. Featuring one of the most sympathetic characters in children's literature, this is one of Edward Gorey's most successful author collaborations (Florence Parry Heide described the experience as "pure joy, three fold"). Great bedtime stories!

Edward Gorey, The Utter Zoo

Twenty-six curious creatures -- from the fastidious Ampoo to the world's one and only Zote -- fill the pages of The Utter Zoo, an alphabet from the untamed imagination of Edward Gorey. The Boggerslosh, the Crunk, and the Dawbis; the Ippagoggy, the Jelbislup, and the Kwongdzu; the Scrug, the Twibbit, and the Ulp -- each strange and wonderful zoomate displays its own primary characteristic, described in Gorey's inimitable, droll, rhyming couplets. A writer and artist with an instantly recognizable style, Gorey (American, 1925?2000) created over one hundred works and was also a playwright, an award-winning set and costume designer, and the creator of the animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery! First published in 1967, The Utter Zoo is a favorite of Gorey fans, young and old alike -- no matter how well they know their ABCs. Hardcover, b&w.

Edward Gorey, The Eclectic Abecedarium

Edward Gorey's first miniature book, The Eclectic Abecedarium is an illustrated adventure through the English alphabet, accompanied by rhyming couplets penned by Gorey, who described his creations as "literary nonsense." Inspired by popular moral primers for children, Gorey created an updated version of Isaac Watts' alphabetic aphorisms. Part sweet songs of unseen birds and part cautionary tales, this abecedarium fully lives up to the epithet eclectic.. Originally published as a miniature, limited edition book, The Eclectic Abecedarium is now being published for the first time as a trade book. 28 color illustrations. Small, hardcover.

Edward Gorey, The Fantod Pack
Box containing 20 cards, staple-bound pamphlet

Edward Gorey's trademark sense of impending doom is nowhere more darkly humorous than in this, his version of a tarot card deck. Each of the 20 cards forecasts a list of outcomes for the user ranging from the merely unpleasant (loss of hair, breakage, thwarted ambitions) to the downright horrible (catarrh, spasms, shriveling). The 32-page booklet provides interpretation of the cards courtesy of one Madame Groeda Weyrd, who Gorey tells us "is of mixed Finnish and Egyptian extraction, has devoted her life to divination, and is the author of, among a shelf of other works, Floating Tambourines, a collection of esoteric verse, and The Future Speaks Through Entrails." Who but Gorey to make mirth from a kaleidoscope of catastrophe?

Edward Gorey, The Gilded Bat

With his typically dark, droll humor, Edward Gorey presents the transformation of Maudie Splaytoe, a girl prone to staring at dead birds, into Mirella Splatova, a chic and mysterious prima ballerina. This woeful tale chronicles an ascent to the peak of fame, followed by an unexpected and dreadful demise. Gorey's exquisitely crafted illustrations of magical ballets, elegant drawing rooms, and stark apartments set the stage for this melodrama starring a slightly peculiar heroine. Faithfully re-released in this superb new edition, The Gilded Bat is one of the hundred or so eerily fanciful illustrated tales created by Edward Gorey (1925-2000) to the delight of his adoring fans. Small, hardcover, b&w.

Edward Gorey, The Wuggly Ump

Edward Gorey's mordant masterpiece The Wuggly Ump charts the fate of three wholesome children whose happy days weaving chains of flowers are cut short when the mysterious Wuggly Ump hurtles from its den in search of tasty tots. Set to deceptively pleasant rhymes and illustrated in Gorey's inimitable style, this lighthearted and mildly unsettling cautionary tale has delighted legions of Gorey fans since its first publication in 1963. This brand-new edition is a faithful reproduction for old and new fans alike to treasure. Small, hardcover, color.

 Ogdred Weary (Edward Gorey), The Curious Sofa

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

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