The Adventures of Gremlin – Edward Gorey 1966


  • Author: DuPre Jones
  • Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1966
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Dust Jacket, Illustrated

First Edition. First Printing. A Near Fine copy in a Good jacket, with a 1″ closed tear on the bottom front DJ and mended with tape in the rear. Not price-clipped. Beautifully illustrated throughout, including illustration on cover board, by Edward Gorey.

In this far-fetched fairy tale with drawings by Edward Gorey, a plucky little girl named Gremlin and her brother, Zeppelin, leave their childhood home, a woodsman’s cottage in the kingdom of Etaoin and set out to see the world. Clambering through an enchanted forest and navigating pirate-infested seas en route to the Royal Palace (where a drastic change of circumstance awaits), they encounter a host of quirky characters beyond anything the Brothers Grimm ever imagined. Yes, there are knights (good and evil), a giant, and the requisite fairy godmother. But there’s also an inn full of doom-and-gloom beatniks, a peevish wombat, a poet whose limericks probe the meaning of life, and a flightless parrot who spouts Latin. Anything but a fainthearted waif, Gremlin takes surprises and setbacks in stride, retaining her innocence and good humor all the while.

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