The Harvard Advocate.
The Harvard Advocate.
(Gorey, Edward)

The Harvard Advocate.

Gorey, Edward (illus.)

Cambridge, MA: Advocate House, 1950. Quarto. 24pp. Volume 134, number one. This is identified as the "Registration Issue" on the front cover, published September, 1950. Features a cover illustration by Edward Gorey showing two Mr. Earbrass-style characters throwing sticks at two hooded heads on pikes. This constitutes Gorey's first published appearance as an illustrator. Gorey's work on the endpapers for Merrill Moore's Illegitimate Sonnets also appeared in 1950, but it may have been published in October to coincide with the third printing of Clinical Sonnets, which also featured Gorey's endpaper design. This issue is also remarkable for the appearance of three pieces by Gorey's Harvard roommate, Frank O'Hara: two poems and a short prose work entitled "Late Adventure." This is O'Hara's third print appearance, and it predates his landmark first book, A City Winter, by two years. This issue also contains the text of a lecture delivered by Stephen Spender in mid-August of 1950 on poetry and science. Small chips to extremities of front cover, some edge toning and faint spotting, otherwise a near fine copy of a scarce Gorey item. Item #23811

(Toledano, p. 137).

Price: $750.00

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