Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Andrew Alpern Collection of Edward Gorey Materials, 1954-2019

Series I: Original artwork, 1976-1986

Series I contains etchings, collographs, silkscreen prints, and one original drawing by Edward Gorey. The series also includes three photographic prints of Edward Gorey posing with cats. Some items in the series were formerly framed. Gorey did not select the frames, which were removed for preservation purposes.

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Box 3 Folder 1 Item 49 Original photographic print of Edward Gorey in his New York City apartment, 1976 April 27

With a cat around his neck. With two second generation enlarged photographic prints.

Box 2 Folder 1 Item 8 Original drawing of Dracula and Lucy, circa 1977

Dracula with bat-like wings looking down on a reclining Lucy whose dress mimics Dracula's wings; original invoice in Box 5 Folder 9, "Alpern Gorey Invoices."

Box 2 Folder 11 Item 2 Six etchings, 1977

Produced in 1977 in an edition of 120 (60 for Gotham Book Mart, 60 for Diogenes Verlag). These are "Child on Cliff," "In the Gymnasium," "Lady Under Elephant Table" (also called "Table Pausing Over a Lady"), "Child and Elephant Table," "Child on Animal" (also called "After the Christening"), and "Insect on Unicycle." Promotional flyer and original invoice in Box 5 Folder 9, "Alpern Gorey Invoices."

Box 2 Folder 2-4 Item 3 Three etchings, 1977

Produced in an edition of 120; the etchings are "Table Pausing over a Lady" (11/120), "Insect on Unicycle" (11/120), and "After the Christening" (110/120). Original invoices in Box 5 Folder 9, "Alpern Gorey Invoices."

Box 3 Folder 2 Item 50 Original photographic print of Edward Gorey in his Massachusetts house, circa 1980s

In shirt and shorts looking out a window with a cat, surrounded by books.

Box 2 Folder 5-6 Item 4 Two etchings, 1986

Two lizard-like creatures with small child; and woman holding up a baby to a seated man with his back turned.

Box 1 Folder 7-17 Item 5 11 etchings of elephants, 1986

Box 1 Folder 2-6 Item 6 Five etchings, 1986

The etchings are "Window Closing on a Bolster," "Child on a Topiary Holding an Animal," "Dog on Rock Scratching Himself," "Bat in a Moon," and "Boy on a Rock with Bottle."

Box 2 Folder 10 Item 1 Elefantômas, 1986 December

A sequence of nine prints published in December 1986, limited to 26 sets of collagraphs lettered A-Z and ten sets of monoprints numbered I -X. Printed on Arches Cover paper at the atelier of Emily Trevor, Brewster Massachusetts. This is set B.

Box 1 Folder 1 Item 7 Four silkscreen images of elephants, undated

Box 1 Folder 18 Item 10 Photomechanical reproduction of ink and watercolor drawing, undated

A book-reading man in an armchair with five cats and a tall bookcase.

Box 5 Folder 1 Item 51 Second-generation photographic print of Gorey and cat in box, undated

Box 5 Folder 2 Item 52 Second-generation photographic print of Gorey in full figure at New York State Theatre, undated