Last week, Bill and I went to New York City for a short vacation. While there, we visited several book stores and also attended the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. There were lots of books by Edward Gorey to see, and even a few pieces of original artwork for sale. I came back to Minnesota with four Gorey-illustrated volumes that I did not have in my collection.
The first two books are More of Brer Rabbit's Tricks (1968 Young Scott Books, New York) and Lions and Lobsters and Foxes and Frogs (1971 Young Scott Books, New York), both authored by Ennis Rees and illustrated by EG. I picked these two volumes up because they are both in mint condition. In fact, they were still shrink wrapped!
I also purchased a copy of The Monster Den (1966 J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia/New York) by John Ciardi with illustrations throughout by EG. This volume is signed by Mr. Ciardi.
Rounding out my finds is a copy of Light Meters (1982 Everest House Publishers, New York) by Felicia Lamport. This book of verse has many Gorey illustrations and is signed by Edward Gorey on the title page. One of my favorite illustrations shows a rabbit looking at a maximum security compound for a verse entitled, YOUR GARDEN PLOT WON'T THICKEN IF YOU'RE STINGY WITH THE CHICKEN WIRE.