Gorey, Edward. Hard Cover. New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc., 1982. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First edition, first printing. Signed by Gorey to the title page. Publisher's black paper-covered boards with white and pale-green water flower illustration to front and rear, titles in black to spine; in its original dust jacket with identical layout. Near fine book, with a hint of toning to foot of spine, bottom right corner of front board very lightly bumped, and mild rubbing to spine ends and bottom edge of rear board; very good unclipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, a touch of rubbing to spine ends and panel edges, and some light smudging to rear panel. Overall, a bright copy. The Water Flowers is Gorey's melancholy Christmas story, in which the main characters concoct a "white sauce" for dinner, made of a mixture of water and flowers. After its consumption, one of the characters dies and the remaining figures trim their Christmas tree with black ornaments and black candles. This is a classic Gorey tale with just enough traditional elements to be reminiscent of the Christmas season.