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The Dwindling Party.


Edward Gorey.

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Edward Gorey. The Dwindling Party. London : William Heinemann, 1982. First English edition : [published the same year as the First American edition]. Pop-up book with paper engineering by Ib Penick, laminated boards, 29.8 x 19cm, unpaginated, 6 double-page spreads, no dust jacket as issued.

Very Good. Corners sharp, slight lean to spine, all pop-ups and moveables intact, light scattered foxing.

Edward Gorey (1925 – 2000) was an American author and illustrator noted for his surreal, eery and often humorous style. Ib Penick (1930-1998) worked as the premier paper engineer for Random House (who published the First American edition of this title) and is responsible for the renewed interest in pop-up books in the 1960s. The Dwindling Party is a fine example of both artists’ niches as the MacFizzets, a family of 7, visit Hickyacket Hall and one by one disappear due to mysterious circumstances as conveyed through Penick’s pop-ups.