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Lot 3291

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An extraordinary collection of Edward Gorey materials, constituting approximately 20 linear feet of shelfspace, including hundreds of editions written and illustrated by the artist, works by others bearing his illustrations, in addition to tertiary works for which he supplied cover art, a large volume of periodicals featuring his cartoons and illustrations, and a diverse quantity of ephemera produced from or inspired by Gorey's designs. The collection was assembled over decades by the well known collector David Belch of the San Francisco Public Library, and a portion of them served as part of a major Gorey exhibition at the library in 1975. The assembled archive serves as a testament to Mr. Belch's disciplined search for as many samples of the diverse and often ephemeral creations of this singular and prolific 20th century artist. A partial list of highlights, with Toledano reference numbers, would include:
1. A pen and ink drawing (75 x 90 mm) of three men with flashlights entering a bar, dated 1961 verso, together with a Autograph Postcard, 1969, to David Belch, on verso of The Iron Tonic announcement card.
2. Books by Gorey, including: The Unstrung Harp; or, Mr. Earbrass Writes a Novel. NY & Boston: 1953. Dust jacket. First edition, inscribed by Gorey to David Belch on title page. A1a. * The Beastly Baby. NY: 1962. One of 500 copies. A9a. * [The Nursery Frieze.] NY: 1964. One of 500 copies. A16a. * Three Books from the Fantod Press. I-IV NY: 1966-73. Each set one of 500 copies in publisher's envelopes. A24, A36, A42b, A52b. * The Fantod Pack. N.p.: circa 1969. 20 cards, instructions and wrapper. A piracy produced in Southern California. A113c. * The Iron Tonic. NY: 1969. One of 200 numbered copies signed. A31b. * The Sopping Thursday. NY: 1970. One of 300 copies signed. A35b. * Leaves from a Mislaid Album. NY: 1972. One of 26 signed lettered copies in folding box (in addition to two sets of 500 numbered copies). A46a, A46b. * Categor y Fifty Drawings. NY: 1973. One of 100 numbered copies signed. A50b. * A Limerick. Dennis, Mass.: 1973. Signed on front wrap. A54. * The Lavender Leotard. NY: 1973. One of 100 copies signed in slipcase. A53b. * Three Books from the Fantod Press. IV. NY: 1973. One of 26 lettered copies signed. A52a. * The Glorious Nosebleed. NY: 1975. One of 250 numbered copies signed. A59b. * L'heure bleue. NY: 1975. One of 500 numbered copies signed. A60b. * The Broken Spoke. NY: 1976. One of 250 numbered copies signed. A63b. * The Loathsome Couple. NY: 1977. One of 250 numbered copies signed. A67b. * The Green Beads. NY: 1978. One of 400 numbered copies signed. A71b. * F. M. R. A. NY: 1980. One of 400 sets signed and boxed. A78b. * Neglected Murderesses Series. NY: 1980. 12 cards in envelope. One of 250 numbered copies signed. A79. * The Prune People. NY: 1983. One of 400 numbered copies signed. A88b. * The Prune People II. NY: 1985. One of 300 numbered copies signed. A91b. * The Improvable Landscape. NY: 1986. One of 300 numbered copies signed. A92b. * The Raging Tide. NY: 1987. One 200 numbered copies signed. A93b. * La Balade Troublante. NY: 1991. Signed on title page. A93.
3. Books by others with Gorey illustrations, including: Moore, Merrill. Case Record From a Sonnetorium. NY: 1951. Inscribed by the author to George Matthew Adams. B3. * Warner, Rex. Men and Gods. NY: Looking Glass Library, 1959. Inscribed by Gorey on title page. B10a. * The Case of the Heavy Reader. A Pastiche for Madison Avenue. [NY: 1967.] A promotional brochure for Esquire signed on front wrap. Not in Toledano. * Cros, Charles. The Salt Herring. NY: 1971. One of 300 numbered copies signed, additionally inscribed on title page. B49a. * Allais, Alphonse. Story for Sara. NY: 1971. One of 300 numbered copies signed. Not in Toledano. * Nelsen, Donald. Sam and Emma. NY: 1971. Inscribed on title page. B50a. * (Anonymous.) Jack the Giant Killer. NY: 1973. Two copies, both signed on title page. B55. * Wilson, Edmund. The Rates of Rutland Grange. NY: 1974. One of 100 numbered copies signed. B59b. * Moss, Howard. Instant Lives. NY: 1974. One of 350 copies signed by author and illustrator. B58a. * Bensen, D. R. Irene, Good-Night. NY: Targ editions, 1982. One of 250 copies signed. B68.
4. The collection also includes a large number of paperbacks for which Gorey provided cover designs, and a large quantity of periodicals with his illustrations, including his first published work, the cover of the Harvard Advocate, September 1950, and the Soho Weekly News serialization of The Glorious Nosebleed. Finally, a quantity of ephemera and collectibles finish out the collection, including calendars, stuffed toys, shirts, mugs and the like. In all, should be seen to be fully appreciated.
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