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EDWARD GOREY (1925-2000) "The Dark Beasts: and Eight Other Stories from the Hounds of Tindalos." Cover art for the black printing plate used for the book cover by Frank Belknap Long (New York: Belmont Books, 1964). Pen and ink on paper. 187x232 mm; 7 3/8x9 1/4 inches, image, on 9 1/4x11 1/4-inch sheet. Unsigned but with printing instructions and measurements in Gorey's hand.
Provenance: The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.
Exhibited and published: Clifford Ross, Phantasmagorey: The Work of Edward Gorey. New Haven: Yale University Library, 1974. Entry 9b. Published as an oversized 11.5" x 16" print in Gorey Posters, Harry N Abrams, Inc., New York, 1979.
The Dark Beasts was Belmont Books' second collection of Belknap's Cthulhu Mythos tales. Gorey's artwork perfectly depicts the descriptive double-sided text for the cult classic that appeared on the rear cover of the book, slithering between the dark beasts: "For the first time in paperback, Strangled Frogs, Shrinking Turtles, A naked nymph with hair like hissing snakes, A microscopic human shape from outer space, Blue oranges, Pink tentacles, Gnores, Unthings, A tax on monogamy collected by Cro-Magnon giants . . . and other ingredients in the weirdest collection of far-out tales by one of the masters of science fiction."