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EDWARD GOREY. Group of 10 smaller illustrations from The Monster Den. Illustration for the various chapters published in John Ciardi's "The Monster Den, or, Look What Happened at My House - and to It" (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1966). Pen and ink on paper. Average image size 76x63 mm; 3x2 1/2 inches, on 10 1/2x7 1/4-inch sheet. Unsigned but chapter or poem name and page numbers captioned in Gorey's hand along bottom edges; two with printed text mounted to page.
Charming images of the book's children characters Miss Myra and Benn, one of John L. from pages 8, 9, 19, 23, 33, 37, 38, 51, 61, and the lizard creature who appears on the final page, 64. Ciardi's collection of humorous verse that "celebrates the little monster lurking within every child, both silly and bizarre."