The Vinegar Works Seven Volumes of Moral Instruction


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Slipcased collection of the seven separate titles which comprise “The Vinegar Works”. Box elaborately illustrated by Gorey on all sides. Comprised of the titles: The Insect God,The West Wing, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Osbick Bird, The Evil Garden, The Chinese Obelisks and [The Untitled Book]. Each title in heavy stock, string bound wrappers decorated by Gorey. Published as number 34 in the series ‘Club der Bibliomanen’. Text in English. All seven titles illustrated throughout with drawings by Edward Gorey, with images printed on rectos and corresponding letterpress on facing versos. N.B. Some books, like The Osbick Bird, have captions are incorporated into the image, hence the facing rectos are blank. First edition, containing all seven titles. The original issue of this omnibus collection in 1963, also entitled “The Vinegar Works”, contained only three titles: The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Insect God, and The West Wing. Original Club der Biliomanen post card laid-in loose as called for. Also laid in are a 1978 Edward Gorey post card and a similarly sized Edward Gorey drawing on heavy stock. No previous ownership marks. Books are clean, square – with sharp corners, and unmarked. Slipcase shows mild foxing to one edge along closed rear panel and some incidental rubbing to corners. A fine set in a very good+ slipcase of the first and only collected edition of this Gorey extravaganza.

Additional information

Weight 2.31 lbs
Book Author

Gorey, Edward


Edward Gorey


Diogenes Verlag

Publish Year

Publish Place

Zurich, Switzerland


12mo – over 6¾ – 7¾" tall

Book Condition

Binding Type

Soft cover