Inscribed By The Publisher: "I gave Ted Gorey carte blanche"
THE FATAL LOZENGE
By Edward Gorey
First issue of Gorey's bracing alphabet book, with a lengthy inscription by the publisher to comedian Phyllis Diller asserting he "designed this format for all this books to get him into a larger market. It worked!"
THE FATAL LOZENGE
"The Quarry, fleeing from the outing,<br />Sinks panting in the reeds and mud;<br />And hearkens to the distant shouting<br />That tells him they are out for blood."<br />
Beautiful Gorey verse book covering the full alphabet from Apparition to Zouave with Cads, Fetishists, Governesses, and Orphans in between. Illustrated with Gorey's characteristic flair and attention to sunken eye sockets, plush fur coats, and wasted, withered cheeks under bristling mustaches. THE FATAL LOZENGE evokes the conceit of the upcoming GASHLYCRUMB TINIES (first published three years later), but here primarily with endangered adults.
Read more: Toledano, Goreyography, A6a.
New York: Ivan Obolensky, Inc, (1960). 6'' x 5''. Original lapis-blue pictorial wrappers, including Gorey-like fur-clad figure on rear wrapper. Illustrated by Gorey in black and white throughout. Price ($1.25) printed on lower right corner. Inscribed by Ivan Obolensky on half title: "18 September, 1991 To Phyllis Diller with all affections from this older publisher! Your taste is remarkable and obviously similar to mine. I gave Ted Gorey carte blanche and designed this format for all his books to get him into a larger market. It worked! This one and THE CURIOUS SOFA are my favorites. I'm honored to be asked to autograph this. Yrs. ever, Ivan Obolensky." Obolensky has also written "Prince" in front of his name as publisher on the title page. Light rubbing to edges, some creasing to joints, faint impression from former paper clip attaching Obolensky's card (additionally inscribed to Diller) to front wrapper and first couple leaves; card now laid in.
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