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Q.R.V. by  Edward Gorey - 1989 - from Bromer Booksellers (SKU: 27784)


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by Gorey, Edward

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Boston: Anne & David Bromer, 1989. Claes, Edgard. (32)ff. From an edition of 400 copies, this is one of 110 hand-colored in metallic casein by the artist, and signed by him below the colophon. This Gorey rarity is bound in a one-of-a-kind designer binding by Brother Edgard Claes, a binder known for his technical proficiency and progressive style. With twenty-nine illustrations accompanied by rhyming couplets, Q.R.V is an homage to Isaac Watts, and the text is obscurely akin to "Divine Songs for Children." According to Gorey, Q.R.V. is the nothing that cures everything: "When someone's tongue has reached your lung, it's time to use your knee; Regain your air of savoir faire by quaffing Q.R.V." Bound with Claes' characteristic polycarbonate boards and airbrushed automotive paint, with a snakeskin spine. The boards present a cubist rendering of "Q.R.V.", fracturing it into squares of differing blues and reinforcing the elusiveness of the true meaning of the term. Housed in a metal slipcase that features a die cut "Q.R.V." on both sides. Claes has been a monk of the Crosier order since 1976, and the seal of that order, along with Claes' signature, appear on the rear endpapers. An innovative and modern binding for a mysterious work. (Bromer, pp. 56-58). (1 1/2 by 1 7/8; 37x44mm).


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Bromer Booksellers specializes in rare and beautiful books. Owned and operated by Anne Bromer, who has been in the business of fine books for over fifty years, our shop carries a range of important private press books, designer bookbindings, illustrated books, children's books, and miniature books.


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