Gorey, Edward. Hard Cover. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Company, 1977. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Gorey. First edition, first printing. Signed by Gorey on title page. Publisher's black and white patterned paper-covered boards, with Gorey illustration to front board; in its original dust jacket with matching design. About fine book, with some very light toning to spine, and light offsetting to endpapers; very good unclipped dust jacket, with two small spots of staining to front panel and a hint of staining to spine, some toning to spine, and light chipping to head of spine. Overall, an attractive copy, with clean boards and interior. While many of his works have a darker side, Gorey writes of The Loathsome Couple that it "may very well prove to be its author's most unpleasant ever." It tells the story of Harold Snedleigh and Mona Gritch, a despicable husband and wife pair who have been wicked since birth and grow up to fulfill their "life's work"- murdering innocent children. Also atypical of Gorey's work, the loathsome couple is punished for their actions, and both meet depressing deaths in a mental asylum. Still, Gorey retains his usual humor, which makes The Loathsome Couple enjoyable in spite of its exceptionally sinister nature. For example, he writes that the pair first met at a "Self-Help Institute lecture on the Evils of the Dewey Decimal System."