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EDWARD GOREY. The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie. Ink and watercolor on paper, cover illustration for John Bellairs and Brad Strickland's The Drum, The Doll, and the Zombie, New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994. 216x305 mm; 8 1/2x12 inches, image. Signed in pen, lower right margin, with publisher's measurements penned in margins. Laid into corner mounts in matte. Gorey's original pen and India ink layout of title-page accompanies the lot.
This is the ninth book in the Johnny Dixon series that chronicles the adventures of the title hero, his friend Fergie, and the ever peevish Professor Childermass. Gorey created this cover and the frontispiece (his only interior illustration). The sketch on page 125 is by Strickland: "I wanted a Voodoo symbol in one chapter, and rather than try to describe it, I sketched it out and sent it to [Gorey]. Mr. Gorey sent my sketch--MINE!--straight to the publisher with a note that said 'I couldn't do this any better. Run this.' I felt so elated"--Bellarsia.com.