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EDWARD GOREY. "Chance, a Novel by Joseph Conrad." Cover illustration and mock-up for the paperback (New York: Doubleday Anchor, 1957). Pen, ink, and collage on paper mounted to board. 267x305 mm; 10 1/2x12 inches. Not signed. Registration marks, stamps, and editorial notes in margins. Mounted to floating window matte. Provenance: Ex-Collection P. Matthew Monahan of Gotham Book Mart to present owner; this work was exhibited at The Edward Gorey House in 2010.
Anchor Books was the brainchild of the young, entrepreneurial editor, Jason Epstein, who urged Doubleday to meet the market need for paperback editions for college use. "The covers were designed by friends who were artists, of whom the most notable was Edward Gorey. The distinctive format announced the intentions of the series unmistakably and had much to do with its success. . .'--Jason Epstein, "Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future" (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001), pages 64-65.
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