Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Betrayed Confidence

The Betrayed Confidence is a compilation of seven Dogear Wryde Postcard sets. Dogear Wryde is the anagram which Edward Gorey's used primarily for postcard sets. Published in 1992 by Parnassus Imprints, Orleans, MA, The Betrayed Confidence was issued as a square book in illustrated wrappers. My trade copy is signed by Mr. Gorey on the title page. To the right is the front and back of the announcement card for this book.

Even though this is book is made up of reprints of seven postcard sets from 1976 through 1990, Mr. Gorey did create new illustrations for the front cover, rear cover and the frontis page. There is also a new title illustration for the Scene de Ballet Postcards images which was not part of the original publication (see my posting from August 29, 2009).

In addition to the standard trade printing, The Betrayed Confidence was issued in a slipcased limited edition of 250 signed, numbered copies. The printing of the book was the same as the trade edition, with an additional colophon/limitation page tipped into the back of the book. The limited edition also included a loose limited edition print which was created especially for this edition (see photo to the left). The print is signed and numbered, and the numbering matches the number of the book. I am showing copy #73/250.

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