Preliminary artwork for The Disrespectful Summons.
Preliminary artwork for The Disrespectful Summons.
Preliminary artwork for The Disrespectful Summons.
(Gorey, Edward)

Preliminary artwork for The Disrespectful Summons.

Gorey, Edward (illus.)

c. 1970. Pen-and-ink on three leaves measuring 8 1/2 by 11 inches. The first sheet, on pale yellow stock folded into fourths, contains a panel of six roughed-out storyboards, a more detailed drawing of what became the cover of the published work, and in the upper left, a series of ten titles, only one of which—The Loathsome Couple—made it into a realized book. The other two sheets further flesh out the storyboards for this tale—issued as part of the fourth trilogy from Gorey's Fantod Press—that charted the demonic possession of a certain Miss Squill and the consequences thereof. The second page, in particular, shows Gorey's process for developing the principal characters, in this case, the devil, Miss Squill, and a small, fork-tongued demon named Beëlphazoar. Both the latter character and the devil bear a rather striking similarity to figures in an early woodcut associated with the trial of Agnes Sampson, a Scottish healer accused of witchcraft in the North Berwick Witch Trials. The image shows the devil blessing wax figures offered by a group of four women while Beëlphazoar-like creatures fly in the sky above. This image appeared on the cover of Chadwick Hansen's Witchcraft at Salem, published in 1969, and is featured in a magazine clipping included with these preliminary sketches. Aside from the aforementioned folding to the first sheet, a fine group of rare concept drawings. Item #30949

Price: $9,500.00

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