Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gorey's First Commercial Work

Edward Gorey began his career as a commercial artist with the most unGoreylike work he ever produced! Look Who's Abroad Now by Earl Wilson was published in 1953 by Doubleday and Company and features dust jacket and endpaper designs by Edward Gorey. His work on this book looks nothing like his future work.

This is a humorous travel book following the adventures of Mr. Wilson and his wife and it is illustrated with photos. Even though the flap copy states that "no home should be without" Mr. Wilson's books, I find this volume to be fairly unremarkable but for the fact that it is Mr. Gorey's introduction into the world of commercial art.

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