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EDWARD GOREY. "Even before Jane hugged them hello, she showed them the doll and said, `This is Christmas-Tree June!'" Illustration for page 76 of Merry, Rose, and Christmas-Tree June, by Doris Orgel (New York: Random House, 1969). Pen and ink on paper. 140x103 mm; 5 1/2x4 inches, image, on 11 3/4x7 1/4-inch paper. Signed in pencil, lower right edge of image, page numbered in his hand, lower right corner. Penciled page number (not Gorey's hand) below image. Mounted to window matte.
Provenance: Private collection, California.
The full text reads:Even before Jane hugged them hello, she showed them the doll and said, "This is Christmas-Tree June!"For that was the name she had given her."Christmas Tree?" asked her father. "At this time of year?"So Jane explained how the doll had come rumbling down with the fifty shimmering Christmas globes. "Christmas-Tree" was in their honor. "Also," said Jane, "Because it felt like Christmas when I found her.