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Edward Gorey: The Eclectic Abecedarium

$9.95

“A hidden Bird / Is often heard.” “Pick up loose Crumbs / Upon your thumbs.” “Look back before / You close a Door.” 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 a collection of alphabetic aphorisms—part sweet songs of unseen birds and part cautionary tales. This abecedarium fully lives up to the epithet “eclectic.”
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
56 pages with 28 color illustrations

Written and illustrated by Edward Gorey

• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment

Size: 4 x 5 in.

ISBN 9780764945977

Edward Gorey

Artist and author Edward Gorey (American, 1925–2000) is beloved for the boundless imagination and sharp humor exhibited in his more than 100 published works. Gorey was also a set and costume designer for innumerable theater productions, including a staging of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, for which he won a Tony. He had a profound affection for literature, film, ballet, and animals. Cats and other odd creatures appear in many of his crosshatched illustrations. His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery! Gorey’s Cape Cod home, a veritable cabinet of curiosities, is now a museum celebrating his life and work.
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