signed first edition Hardcover
1976 · [New York]
by Beckett, Samuel; Brown, Andreas (Series Editor); Gorey, Edward (Illustrator)
[New York]: Gotham Book Mart, 1976. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Gorey, Edward. No. 89 of 200 copies (total edition 226), quarto size,  pp., signed by Samuel Beckett and Edward Gorey. Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is considered one of most significent of the modernist writers, and a key figure in what is known as the "Theatre of the Absurd"; winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, he is best known for his play "Waiting for Godot". "All Strange Away" is a short work of prose, written using stream of consciousness and a surreal depiction of memory. This limited edition contains drawings by the inimitable illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000), whose distinctive style is evocative of a mystical, gothic Victorian era, and his vast body of work includes over one hundred books written by himself, as well as those by many well-known authors such as T. S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, H. G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf (n. b., info from the Edward Gorey House website). Here Gorey provides small, pen-and-ink drawings in the margins, eery and mysterious shapes that unfold in unconscious depths of the human psyche. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black leather with paper boards with all-over pattern in monochrome brown, gilt lettering on the spine, brown endpapers, illustrations by Edward Gorey in the margins, printed in beige and black throughout; quarto size (10.75" by 7.5"), 23 unnumbered pages, one of 200 copies (total edition 226), this number 89, signed by Samuel Beckett and Edward Gorey on the colophon. Housed in a slipcase covered in brown paper. ___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing at the head and tail of the spine, else fine. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear. ___CITATION: Toledano B61b. ___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
(Inventory #: 18030601)