This year, Edward Gorey fans worldwide have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Gashlycrumb Tinies. Published in 1963 as part of The Vinegar Works, the Tinies have come to be regarded as Mr. Gorey's masterpiece creation. The Edward Gorey House has showcased the original artwork in a yearlong exhibition that closes on the 29th December.
As this milestone anniversary year winds to a close, The Edward Gorey House has provided a perfect way to cherish the Tinies for years to come. A limited portfolio edition has just been issued which includes 27 prints (a print of each letter plus the cover art). The portfolio edition is strictly limited to one hundred numbered sets
and twenty-six lettered sets.
Images are printed at their original size of 5" x 6" on 8" x 10" art
paper. Housed in an attractive portfolio are all the prints plus an
additional celebratory title-card and a colophon card giving the details
about this unique edition.
The new celebratory title-cards and the colophon cards are
blind-embossed with Gorey’s signature. In addition, each item within the
set will be marked with the set’s identifying number or letter.
The 26 lettered sets include as a bonus a plate of the rejected “F
is for Fanny” image (“rejected” by Edward himself who chose to re-work
it for the final book). This unused version is currently on view as part
of the 2013 exhibit and is being reproduced separately for the
One of Edward Gorey's most beloved characters is the Doubtful Guest. Making its first appearance in 1957 in the book of the same name, all we really know of the creature (is it an animal??) is that it wears sneakers and a long striped scarf, appears mysteriously, and does not leave. As it takes up permanent residence with a Victorian family, it shows all the characteristics of a beloved pet and a petulant child.
In 1974, the Doubtful Guest was gloriously brought to life as a Gorey-approved, three-dimensional, hand-made doll. Limited to 50 numbered copies and several lettered copies (A - D) - the limitation is hand written by Edward Gorey on tags which were sewn onto the doll's scarf - the highly detailed DG doll was issued in a box with a paper label affixed to the lid. I am showing doll #21/50. According to Goreyography, a set of lettered dolls were produced in 1995 by the same makers of the original limited edition and each bears a signature label.
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