Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Deadly Blotter

The Deadly Blotter, Thoughtful Alphabet XVII by Edward Gorey was published in 1997 using his Fantod Press imprint. This title was issued in olive green wrappers in an signed limited edition of 750 numbered and 26 lettered (A to Z). I am have copies #8/750 and #H/26. This title is included in Amphigorey Again.

At the time of publication, I was thrilled to see a hand illustrated book rather than the clip art-illustrated publications Mr. Gorey had seemed to have gotten so fond of creating. While Mr. Gorey has given up his extensively crosshatched backgrounds, there are flower urns throughout this book with great designs on them. This is the one title where Mr. Gorey forgot to add his signature calling card to one of the drawings.

The announcement card (shown above and to the left) for The Deadly Blotter gives information on which Thoughtful Alphabets have already been published, noting the gaps in the numbering sequence. Presumably, Edward Gorey had written all of these alphabets, but had not gotten around to publishing them.

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