(New York: Epstein & Carroll, 1960).

AN INSCRIBED AND SIGNED COPY OF THIS VERY EARLY WORK BY GOREY, it is only the fifth book of his to be published. Gorey has signed the titlepage in his typical fashion. The illustrations are a bit more bright and good natured than one might usually associate with the artist considered to be the 'master of macabre', but nonetheless this nice little story of a community working together to solve a mutual problem is a bit less innocent than it may sound. Item #30308

First trade and First hardcover edition, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR EDWARD GOREY. Illustrated in colour on every page by Edward Gorey. 16mo, in the publisher's original Edward Gorey colour illustrated white paper-covered boards lettered in black, and in the original matching dustjacket. [32pp., unpaginated]. Internally a very fresh copy of a book quite prone to aging poorly, the colours bright and the inscription and signature nice and dark, the white boards and matching jacket a bit toned and age mellowed as one might expect, the jacket more so than the boards. The jacket is compete and unchipped but does have a few closed tears.

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Price: $650.00